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If you procrastinate having tooth decay treated by our dentist at Artistic Dentistry in San Clemente, California, you could be at extreme risk of suffering severe complications. Even if the outside structure of the tooth suffers from minor damage to the tooth enamel, it is still possible for bacteria to invade the pulp. When this happens, a dangerous infection can quickly spread through the root to cause an abscess in the socket.

Symptoms that this may have occurred could include toothache pain, discomfort when chewing, or a feeling of pain and pressure in the underlying gums. If you experience any of these problems, you should not delay in calling 949-366-1177 to seek timely care with our dentist.  

In a situation this severe, it might not be possible to treat the tooth with a standard root canal. Should this prove to be the case, our dentist might advocate extracting the tooth and excising any infected material.

Your gums will then be sutured to help ease the pain and allow the affected tissues to heal. We might also provide you with a prescription for antibiotics to prevent any traces of infection from reaching your bloodstream.

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

After an impression is taken and sent to our dental lab, we will protect the abutments with temporary crowns. 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, thus restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

If you are in the San Clemente, California area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay or a toothache, you should not delay in calling 949-366-1177 to seek treatment at Artistic Dentistry’s clinic. Dr. Amir Nikraz and our team look forward to caring for your oral health needs!