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Tooth decay results when the pervasive bacteria in your mouth work to exploit weakened tooth enamel. If a cavity or general area of tooth decay goes ignored for too long, it can severely compromise the tooth’s function and appearance. In a case like this Dr. Barton Barré routinely suggests restoring the entirety of the tooth enamel with a crown.

The process starts with Dr. Barton Barré examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the decay has not penetrated the interior of the tooth, he can begin the process of forming an abutment. This is done by using a drill to remove the majority of the tooth enamel, leaving behind the healthy core.

Once this is done Dr. Barton Barré will form a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then the abutment is covered by a hard plastic temporary crown. The impression is sent off to a dental lab that will make your permanent crown.

When your crown is ready, Dr. Barton Barré will call you back in for a second appointment. This appointment will be brief as all he needs to do is remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown into place.

If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Barton Barré’s office in Harvey, Louisiana at 504-367-0355 for timely and effective treatment.