While most cavities start out small, they can quickly spread to compromise an increasing amount of healthy dental structure. If the tooth decay penetrates the pulp, nerve, or root of the tooth it can lead to a host of potential complications.
Sometimes Dr. Linh Nguyen can treat a tooth in this severe condition by performing a root canal. This special endodontic treatment will essentially replace the compromised dental structure to create an abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown.
In some rare cases, a tooth might be too severely compromised to be restored by a root canal. This is even more likely to be an issue if a large dental abscess has formed in the underlying periodontal tissues. In an extreme case like this he might recommend extracting what remains of the tooth and any infected material.
Afterward, Dr. Linh Nguyen might also provide you with prescription for pain medication and antibiotics to help clear up any lingering infection concerns while maintaining your general state of comfort.
Once all the tissues have healed and any infection concerns have passed, Dr. Linh Nguyen can start the process of restoring your missing tooth with a dental bridge.
This is a solid piece of dental work that represents the replacement tooth fused on each side to open dental crowns. It is mounted onto abutments formed from the healthy dentin and internal structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.
If you live in Seattle, Washington, and you have a tooth suffering from a severe cavity, you should not delay in calling 206-783-3000 to have it treated at Best Dentistry.