Without timely professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Jeff Olson, even a small cavity can escalate into a big problem. In time, the bacterial presence associated with untreated tooth decay can penetrate the sensitive core structures of the tooth.
In some of these cases a root canal can help treat severe tooth decay. In some scenarios, the bacterial decay might be so severe that Dr. Jeff Olson might advocate extracting the tooth and excising any infected material. This is more likely to be the case if a large dental abscess has built up in the underlying periodontal tissues.
After the extraction, your gums will be sutured to allow the affected tissues to heal. If necessary, we might also give you a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics.
When you are ready, Dr. Jeff Olson might recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental bridge. This is a single piece of dental work created in a professional dental lab to fully replicate the original tooth. It will be fused with dental crowns on each end. The dental bridge will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed from the two adjacent teeth.
If you are in the Burnsville, Minnesota, area and you have a severely decayed or distressed tooth, you should not delay in calling 952-435-0355 to seek treatment at Oak Ridge Dental.