Failure to seek professional dental care for a badly decayed tooth will allow the bacteria to afflict the tooth ever more severely. In time, this could cause a severe dental fracture or it could even allow an infection to form in the root or gums.
Sometimes a tooth in these dire straits can be treated with an endodontic therapy, like a root canal. Yet in an extreme case when the infection has compromised the socket or an abscess infection has formed, Dr. Shiva Hogugi might recommend a total extraction. This will help ease any pain and prevent a dangerous infection from spreading to your bloodstream.
Once everything has healed and any lingering infection has passed, he can help you understand your dental restoration options. One of the more popular options is to replace the missing tooth with a dental bridge.
This is an appliance that has two crowns bound to an artificial tooth between them. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments that are formed from the core of the two nearest teeth. To do this, your dentist will remove the tooth enamel from each tooth, leaving behind a pillar of healthy dentin.
Your dentist will then secure a temporary dental crown that is made of hard plastic over each abutment to protect them while the lab technician prepares your new bridge.
One of our staff members will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the West Bloomfield, Michigan, area and you have a tooth that has been compromised by untreated tooth decay, you should call 248-669-5110 to schedule treatment at our dental office.