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When a cavity forms on one of your teeth and it goes untreated, it will inevitably spread. In time, the tooth decay can compromise so much tooth enamel that your dentists, Drs. Pallotto and Osmolinski, might not be able to repair it with a dental filling. In a case like this, they might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Oak Lawn, Illinois, is a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is 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 that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

Once Drs. Pallotto and Osmolinski have removed the tooth enamel, they will create a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

At the end of the appointment, Drs. Pallotto and Osmolinski will secure a temporary crown over the abutment. This does not restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.

Our dentists will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, they will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place. With twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, your newly restored tooth should last for many years to come.

If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 708.422.1900 to seek treatment at Oak Dental Associates.