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With poor oral hygiene practices even a small cavity can quickly spread to compromise an increasing amount of tooth enamel. In time, it could also cause tooth decay to develop in the interior of the tooth or cause an infection in the underlying gums.

In a severe case the pain and potential infection can prove traumatic. To prevent problems from worsening, Dr. Gloria Barredo might suggest completely extracting the root of the tooth from the socket and suturing your gums. Afterward, she will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If warranted she might also include a course of antibiotics.

After your periodontal tissues have fully healed and any infection concerns have been resolved, we can help restore the missing tooth’s basic function with a dental bridge.

This is basically a single piece of dental work that encompasses three teeth. A solid artificial tooth is completely fused with a crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored directly onto abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth. The dental bridge will be created in a special dental lab from durable materials that are capable of rivaling natural tooth enamel.

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

If you live in the Jupiter, Florida, area and you have a tooth suffering from a severely untreated cavity, you should call 561-741-8008 to seek treatment at Gloria Barredo, DMD.