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Poor oral hygiene practices bolster the natural bacteria living in your mouth. When this happens, it increases your chances of cavities. If the tooth decay is not detected and treated early, it can compromise a significant amount of tooth enamel. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Gilbert Fernandez, might recommend repairing the tooth with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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 Dr. Gilbert Fernandez has removed the entire tooth enamel layer, he 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.

Then, Dr. Gilbert Fernandez will secure a temporary crown over the abutment. This does not actually 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.

Dr. Gilbert Fernandez will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.

With twice-daily brushing and flossing, your newly restored tooth should last for many years to come.

If you have a tooth suffering with a large cavity, you should call 505.898.8063 to seek timely treatment at our office.