Increasing sensitivity and discomfort in a tooth is often a sign of a developing cavity. This might also occur in conjunction with a change in surface texture, which can cause a mild change in the appearance of the affected tooth enamel.
If you have noticed any abnormal symptoms with one of your teeth, you should have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, as soon as possible. After inspecting and X-raying the distressed tooth, he will help you understand your possible treatment options.
If too much healthy tooth enamel has been lost for our dentist to secure a dental filling, he might advocate a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will eventually replace the entire tooth’s enamel layer with another material. In the end, your dental restoration will restore the tooth’s essential function while preventing the bacterial tooth decay from affecting the sensitive core of the tooth.
A dental crown treatment typically requires two separate appointments. The first calls for Dr. Barry LeJeune to remove the remaining tooth enamel and any decayed dental material. The remaining core of the tooth will eventually serve as an anchor post for the eventual dental crown.
After your crown has been created in a dental lab, our dentist will cement it in place during a brief second appointment. This will restore the tooth’s basic function for many years to come.
If you live in the Hampton, Virginia, area, and if you suspect a large cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call (757) 827-9114 to set up an appointment at LeJeune Family Dentistry.