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Cavities occur when the natural bacteria in your mouth exploit the tooth enamel. This is often a result of poor oral hygiene or enamel erosion caused by acidic foods and beverages. If a cavity is not repaired in short order it can spread to compromise a significant amount of tooth enamel. To treat a problem like this Dr. Kaitilin Riley will often recommend installing a crown.

This typically requires two separate appointments. The process begins with Dr. Kaitilin Riley examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. As long as the interior structures of the tooth are healthy, they can begin the process of forming an abutment. This is done by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel leaving the healthy interior of the tooth. This will later serve to anchor the crown in place.

Then, an impression is made of the abutment and surrounding teeth before it is covered by a hard plastic a temporary crown. This is sent off to a dental lab that will prepare your custom crown. We will call you back in for the second appointment when your crown is ready. Dr. Kaitilin Riley will remove the temporary crown and cement it into place atop the abutment.

If you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay, you should call Dr. Kaitilin Riley’s team in Paso Robles, California at 805-238-3880 to explore your treatment and restoration options, including gold and porcelain crowns!