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Cavities typically start out as small areas of demineralized tooth enamel. If the area of tooth decay is small, Dr. Douglas F. Smith might be able to repair the tooth and prevent further problems by applying a simple dental filling.

If the cavity has grown large or the structural integrity of the tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Smith might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material. The specific material he recommends for the dental crown will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth.

Dr. Smith typically recommends using a porcelain dental crown to restore a tooth that is visible in your smile. If a molar or premolar in the back of your mouth has been compromised, he might need to restore it with a dental crown made from a durable base metal or gold alloy.

The dental crown will need to be created in a professional dental lab. Once the crown is ready, Dr. Smith cements it into place with a strong dental adhesive and the dental crown will restore the tooth’s basic function for many years to come.

If you live in the Logan, Utah area and have a large cavity on one of your teeth, please call 435-752-4882 to schedule an appointment with the dental professionals at Douglas F. Smith, DDS.