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Left unresolved an area of tooth decay on one of your teeth can continue to spread. Severe tooth decay problems and some large cavities might not leave enough healthy enamel for the tooth to be repaired with an ordinary filling.

In a situation like Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek’s only viable treatment option is to replace all of the tooth enamel with a crown.

A crown essentially replaces all of the tooth enamel. It can be made from a variety of different materials. The material that Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek recommends will take into account the tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile.

Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will start by removing the tooth enamel. This creates an abutment consisting of the dentin and other internal structures of the tooth. Then they will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment and the impression is sent off to a dental lab where your crown will be made.

Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will call you back in when your permanent crown is ready. This appointment will be brief, as they removes the temporary crown and cements your permanent crown in place.

If you have a badly decayed tooth, you should call Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek’s office in Littleton, Colorado at 303.933.2420 at your earliest convenience.