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When a cavity goes without professional treatment at Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Dr. Amanda Kossick’s dental office, the area of tooth decay will inevitably spread. As time goes on it could lead to a severe infection in the root of the tooth or cause a dental fracture.

The resulting pain and potential infection in the gums can be significant. To prevent these complications from worsening, the doctor might suggest completely extracting the tooth from the socket and suturing your gums. Afterward, the doctor will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If warranted, the doctor might also include a course of antibiotics.

When your gums have completely healed and any concerns about infection have passed, the dentist can talk with you about your restoration options. This often calls for a dental bridge.

A bridge is a single piece of dental work that literally bridges the leftover gap. A solid artificial tooth is completed fused with a crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored directly onto the two neighboring teeth.

the doctor will start by examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then they will then use a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments from the healthy dental layer of the tooth.

The doctor will then prepare a detailed impression is cast of the abutment and any other pertinent teeth in the area. This will later be sent to a lab where your bridge will be created.

You will need to come back in for a second appointment to have your bridge cemented in place. Once this is done your newly restored tooth will last for many years.

If you live in the Roswell, Georgia, area and you have a tooth suffering from severe tooth decay, you should call 770.641.8010 to seek treatment at DeMercy Dental.