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A cavity can sometimes develop in the contours of a tooth’s enamel layer. If it goes unnoticed or untreated the small area of tooth decay can continue to spread. In time it could lead to a severe fracture of the tooth.

If the bacterial presence has also compromised the root of the tooth or a large dental abscess has developed in the underlying gums a skilled dentist may advocate a total extraction. This emergency treatment is intended help alleviate pain and prevent worsening infection in the periodontal tissues

After the gums have healed and any areas of infection have cleared up your dentist might recommend replacing the lost tooth with a dental bridge.

This is a solid piece of dental work that will need to be created in a state of the art dental lab to replicate the original tooth. It also incorporates an open dental crown on each end. The dental bridge will eventually be secure onto abutments formed by the healthy core structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.

When it is ready your dentist will cement it into place with a strong dental adhesive. This will complete the treatment process and effectively restore the essential function of the original tooth.

If you live in Flossmoor, Illinois, and you have a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 708-794-4253 to have it treated at Southland Smiles. Drs. Mantoan, DiBenedetto, Atarchi, and Van are happy to help you achieve optimal oral health.