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The natural bacteria in your mouth are pervasive by nature. They don’t miss an opportunity to exploit a weak spot in your tooth enamel. This begins with a common cavity, but left unchecked this cavity can quickly develop into a serious situation. Should the area of decay extend down into the internal structures of the tooth, Dr. Seth C. Conley and Dr. David A. Dickey might need to perform a root canal.

Dr. Seth C. Conley and Dr. David A. Dickey will start by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays to assess the extent of the decay. Then they will them use a drill to remove all compromised and decayed structures of the tooth. A rubbery, yet firm material called gutta percha is then inserted into the extracted structures to form an abutment.

Dr. Seth C. Conley and Dr. David A. Dickey will then create an impression of the abutment, and corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab, to serve as a guide while they make a custom crown. At the end of the appointment, they will secure a hard plastic temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

Dr. Seth C. Conley and Dr. David A. Dickey will call you back in for a brief second appointment, once the dental lab is done with your crown. During this appointment they removes the temporary crown and cements your crown over the new abutment.

If you have a badly decayed tooth or long ignored cavity, you should call Dr. Seth C. Conley and Dr. David A. Dickey at 812-663-4400 to schedule an appointment.