As a cavity continues to grow, an increasing amount of the tooth’s structural integrity is depleted. If you choose not to have the tooth decay treated in a reasonable amount of time, the tooth could suffer a severe fracture.
In a case where the root of the tooth has also decayed, or an infection has developed in the local gum tissues, there might be very little healthy dental structure remaining. If Dr. Amit B. Patel can’t viably treat the severely distressed tooth with root canal therapy, he might recommend a total extraction.
With prescription pain medication and thoughtful aftercare, your gums should heal quickly. Our dentist can then help you understand your options for fully replacing the missing tooth.
If you are uncomfortable with the timetable and oral surgery required to restore the tooth with a dental implant, Dr. Amit B. Patel might recommend a simple dental bridge.
This type of dental work represents a single artificial tooth fused with hollow crowns on each end. It will eventually be anchored onto the two closest teeth.
Once these teeth have been prepared by having the tooth enamel removed, Dr. Amit B. Patel will create a detailed impression. The impression will be used to design and construct your dental bridge. When it’s ready, Dr. Amit B. Patel will install the dental bridge using a strong dental grade adhesive.
If you live in the Ashburn, Virginia, area and you have a severely distressed tooth, you should call 703.724.4470 to seek treatment at Ashburn General Dentistry.