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Left to its own devices, 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 this, Dr. Cauleen Stepp will usually recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.

A crown is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. They are often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow, to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment formed from the core structures of the tooth.

After removing all of the tooth enamel, Dr. Cauleen Stepp will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made.

Dr. Cauleen Stepp will then secure a hard plastic cap, called a temporary crown, over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your permanent crown to be ready.

Dr. Cauleen Stepp will call you back in for a follow up appointment when your permanent crown is ready. Then she will remove the temporary crown and your new crown is cemented securely into place.

If you have a large cavity or area of tooth decay on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Cauleen Stepp’s office in Bellaire, Texas at 713-520-8400 to have it treated and repaired.