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A small dental fracture or cavity can sometimes be repaired with a dental filling. This typically calls for removing the compromised tooth enamel to eliminating any existing tooth decay. If a new cavity develops on another surface of the tooth there might not be sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor a new dental filling.

In a case such as this Dr. Michael Tornow might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This often requires two separate appointments to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental material.

Dr. Michael Tornow will start by numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to remove the existing dental filling and all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin, which is called an abutment. It will eventually anchor your new crown.

Dr. Michael Tornow will then prepare a detailed impression of the area before securing a temporary crown over it. The impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab where your dental crown will be created.

You will need to return to Dr. Michael Tornow’s dental office when your dental crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and he will cement the dental crown onto the abutment to complete the dental restoration process.

If you live in Draper, Utah, and you have a previously repaired tooth that you suspect has a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling 385-352-3136 to have it treated at Pony Express Dental.