When a cavity goes without professional treatment, decay can slowly start to affect the tooth’s structure. You may find yourself chewing on a piece of food and your tooth cracks. The pain that results can sometimes be severe and the bacterial presence in the area can lead to other complications.
Sometimes, Dr. Rai can treat a tooth in this condition with a root canal. This will remove any of the pulp before restoring sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown. If the root has been compromised or a dangerous infection has formed in your gums, Dr. Rai might suggest having a total dental extraction.
Once your gums have fully healed, he can start the process of replacing the lost tooth. You will likely get a bridge or a dental implant. A bridge is a set of three or more teeth fused together, two of which are crowns that are place on top of the teeth adjacent the gap. The dental implant is made from titanium and is inserted into the underlying bone structure in the socket. Titanium is known to be biologically safe as it will slowly fuse to bone structure of your jaw to create a strong anchor for an eventual dental crown.
If you are in the Stafford, VA, area and have a severely decayed tooth, please call 540-657-0867 to seek treatment at Rai Family Dentistry today!