As tooth decay spreads throughout a tooth, it will gradually compromise an increasing amount of tooth enamel structure. This can also allow the bacterial presence to invade the pulp or root of the tooth. At this point, you are at increased risk of a serious dental infection, or severe dental fracture.
Sometimes a tooth in this dire condition can be treated by having one of our skilled dentists perform an endodontic therapy at one of our Palatine, Illinois practices. This will restore enough structure to later mount a crown in place.
In an extreme situation, your dentist might advocate extracting the tooth. This is a more likely course of action if a large and dangerous abscess has formed in the underlying gum tissues.
After everything has healed, your dentist can help you understand your options for fully restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth. One of the fastest and most effective methods is to have a bridge restoration. This usually requires two separate appointments.
After injecting Novocain in the gums, your dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. The remaining cores of the teeth will form abutments that will later serve to anchor your bridge.
A detailed impression will be cast of the area, including the two abutments and the related teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be created.
When it’s ready, your dentist will cement the bridge onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Palatine, Illinois area and you have lost a tooth to untreated decay, you should call 847-485-8767 to seek professional treatment with Dr. Wajih Chammae or one of our associates. We look forward to helping you with all of your smile care needs.