Untreated Tooth Decay Might Need a Root Canal

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Once a cavity sets into one of your teeth, it can quickly spread to compromise the surrounding tooth enamel. Given time the decay might even penetrate deep into the tooth, causing decay and infection in the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth

If you’ve been ignoring a bad cavity, you should serious call Dr. Andrew Calhoun to have it examined and treated. If the decay has penetrated deep into the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal.

Dr. Andrew Calhoun will first want to perform a thorough examination and taking X-rays to assess the extent of decay. This will also help to diagnose any potential complications like an infection or abscess in your gums.

Dr. Andrew Calhoun will then use a drill to remove all the decayed enamel and remove any other infected material. Then he will form an abutment from a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown.

A detailed impression is made of the area, and a temporary crown is secured over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.

Dr. Andrew Calhoun will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment when the final crown is ready.

If you’ve been ignoring a bad tooth for far too long, you should not delay in calling Dr. Andrew Calhoun’s office in Jacksonville, Florida at 904.352.2510 to seek immediate treatment.