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Your routine dental checkups at Dr. Michael Scholes’s dental offices are intended to clean away bacterial deposits from your teeth, while also identifying any early signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, or other oral health conditions. If you have a bad habit of procrastinating this simple examination it’s possible for an undetected cavity to spread throughout the tooth’s enamel layer.

If the area of tooth decay grows too large to be repaired by a standard dental filling Dr. Scholes might recommend performing a dental crown restoration. This treatment is designed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with gold, base metal alloy, or a special dental grade porcelain.

The process starts with removing any remaining traces of tooth enamel. This leaves behind an anchoring abutment composed of the underlying dentin. This will eventually secure the dental crown in your mouth. The dental crown will be created in a special dental lab. You will need to return for a second appointment to have Dr. Scholes cement the dental crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Couer d'Alene, Idaho, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 208-667-1578 to have it treated at Scholes Family Dental.