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When tooth decay afflicts a tooth, the bacteria can quickly spread throughout the tooth. This is even more likely to be an issue if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene or if you are reticent to seek professional treatment at Blissful Dental.

If the decay compromises a significant amount of the internal structures of the tooth, it could lead to a severe fracture. Should the root become infected or an abscess forms in the gum tissues around the socket, Dr. Brenda E. Howard might not be able to treat the tooth with a root canal.

For a tooth so badly affected, Dr. Brenda E. Howard might recommend a total extraction of the root and all infected tissues.

When you’re ready, Dr. Brenda E. Howard can help you get a better understanding of your restoration options. One of the most effective ways to replace the lost tooth is with a dental bridge restoration. A bridge is essentially two crowns fused together with an artificial tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.

This is a two-stage treatment process that starts with Dr. Brenda E. Howard examining the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy. Then she will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will be secured over each abutment to protect them.

A member of Dr. Brenda E. Howard’s staff will call you to schedule your second appointment when the dental lab technician has completed your new bridge. It will be secured onto the two abutments with a powerful dental adhesive.

If you live in the Lanham, Maryland, area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated tooth decay, you should call 301.552.2662 to schedule treatment at Blissful Dental.