A Tooth Suffering with an Abscess May Require Extracted Before It Can Be Restored by a Bridge

Published on May 12, 2017

In many cases of severe tooth decay, the dentists at Las Cruces Dental Associates‘s Las Cruces, New Mexico clinic can treat the tooth with an endodontic therapy like a root canal. In an extreme case, where the bacterial presence has caused a severe infection in the root or a dangerous abscess has formed in your gums, we might recommend a total extraction.

This will effectively remove all traces of the tooth from the socket and excise any infected material. Once the gums have been sutured over the remaining socket, your dentist will likely give you a prescription for antibiotics and pain management medication.

After all the tissues have healed and any concerns of infection have dissipated, your dentist can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

While dental implants have grown in popularity for dental restorations, some people are put off by the invasive oral surgery involved. If you feel this way, your dentist might recommend a standard bridge restoration.

This is a two-part restoration process that starts with your dentist forming abutments out of the two closest teeth. This is done by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind two healthy dentin pillars with the healthy pulp and root within. We will then form an impression of the area. This will be sent to a state of the art dental lab where your new bridge is made.

Your dentist will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab works on your bridge.

You will need to come in for a brief second appointment when your bridge comes back from the dental lab. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area and you’ve lost a tooth to an untreated cavity, you should call 575.523.1479 to seek treatment and restoration at Las Cruces Dental Associates’s clinic.