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The contours of your teeth can sometimes trap plaque, food particles, and other bacterial deposits. If you struggle to effectively clean these areas when brushing and flossing, the persistent bacterial presence can increase your chances of suffering a cavity in the tooth enamel.

If you decide to skip one of your regularly scheduled dental checkups even a small area of tooth decay can worsen into a serious problem. In a case like this, there might not be sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to viably treat the tooth with a dental filling, Dr. Thi Hoang might recommend a dental crown restoration.

This mode of treatment calls for her to fully remove all remnants of the tooth enamel. This is an important step in preparing an abutment.

At this point she will make an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the lab technicians as they create your dental crown.

You will need to return for a brief follow-up appointment when the new dental crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment the fully restored tooth will last for many years.

If you live in Livermore, California, and you have an untreated cavity on one of your teeth, you should call 925.449.7900 to have it examined and treated at Las Positas Family Dental.