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A large untreated cavity or a significant dental fracture can sometimes also traumatize the pulp or root of a tooth. When this happens you will likely experience persistent pain and discomfort.

In a situation like this, you need to seek timely treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Richard Mantoan. In many of these cases he will recommend endodontic therapy to try to replace any compromised dental structure before preparing the tooth to receive a dental crown.

In a severe case, he might advocate a total extraction to relieve the pain and prevent a dangerous infection from developing in your gums.

Once your gums have fully healed and any lingering infection has cleared up he can help you understand your dental restoration options.

If you are uncomfortable with the timetable and oral surgery required to restore the tooth with a dental implant Dr. Richard Mantoan might recommend a simple dental bridge.

This is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

Once the area has been prepared, Dr. Richard Mantoan will take a detailed impression. This will be sent to our dental lab to guide technicians in creating your dental bridge.

When it’s ready you will need to return to Dr. Richard Mantoan’s clinic. Then he will cement it onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Flossmoor, Illinois, area and you have a severely distressed or painful tooth, you should call 708-794-4253 to seek treatment at Southland Smiles.