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Small cavities can often be repaired with a dental filling. However, there are times when a cavity is so large that there simply isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor a dental filling. This is even more likely to be the case if the tooth has suffered a dental fracture or was previously restored.

In a case like this, Dr. Debra Craig might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown in Spokane, Washington. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with the dental crown material.

The treatment process starts with our dentist using a local anesthetic on the area surrounding the tooth before shaping the enamel layer. Eventually, your prepared tooth will anchor your dental crown in place.

An impression will be prepared of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the technicians that will create your dental crown. A temporary crown is often placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.

A member of our team will call you to schedule a short follow-up appointment when your dental crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new dental crown will be cemented onto the tooth during this appointment.

If you have a tooth with extensive decay, you should call 509-467-1562 to schedule an appointment at Harmony Family Dental.