Tooth decay typically starts out insignificantly. While you might be able to ignore a small cavity at first, the bacterial presence in the tooth enamel will inevitably spread to weaken and afflict more of the dental structure. In time, this could cause discomfort, pain, or even a severe dental fracture near the gumline.
At this point, we might be able to use endodontic therapy to save the root of the tooth. Yet, in a severe case, this might not be a viable treatment option. Should this prove to be true, your dentist might recommend extracting the tooth to prevent a serious infection from developing in your gums.
Once your gums have fully healed, we can help you explore your dental restoration options. These might include a dental implant or a dental bridge restoration. If you’re uncomfortable with the timeline and oral surgery required for a dental implant, a dental bridge might prove to be the best option.
This dental work mimics the appearance of a natural tooth by having a replacement tooth fused to a pair of dental crowns. Each end of the bridge is cemented onto abutments that are formed out of the cores of the two neighboring teeth.
Your Smiley Dental Garland dentist will prepare the abutments by first removing the tooth enamel from each tooth to create a pair of abutments. These are essentially protective sheaths of dentin that house the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns are then secured over each abutment to protect them.
We will then create a detailed impression of all relevant dental structures in the area. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide when creating your bridge.
When it’s ready, our team will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment to have the bridge installed. Once it has been cemented onto the abutments, it will restore the previously decayed tooth’s presence for many years ahead.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you have a tooth suffering from tooth decay, you should call 214.321.8400 to seek treatment at Smiley Dental Garland.