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If left to its own devices, tooth decay will inevitably spread. This process of progressive decay is more likely to accelerate if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits. In time, this could allow bacteria to infect the root and socket of the tooth. If a large abscess forms in the sensitive gum tissues, the tooth might not be viable for treatment by a root canal.

In a situation this severe, Drs. Huang and Huang might advocate a complete dental extraction. This will include excising any infected material. Your gums will then be sutured to help ease the pain and heal the affected tissues. Your dentists might also provide you with prescription antibiotics to knock out any traces of infection from reaching your bloodstream.

Once your gums have healed, they might recommend a dental bridge restoration to replace the extracted tooth. This is an appliance that is designed to fully replicate the appearance of a natural tooth. It is a false tooth that is fused to a pair of crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored on abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth.

Drs. Huang and Huang will create the abutments by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two teeth surrounding the void. Then, they will take an impression of the abutments and any other corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new bridge will be made.

A temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab technician works to produce your new bridge.

We will call you back in for a second appointment when the bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed before your new bridge is cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you have a badly damaged tooth in Provo, Utah, you should call 801-854-9140 to have it treated and restored at Ninth East Dental.