Tooth Loss from an Untreated Cavity Can Often Be Fixed with a Bridge

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Cavities are often the end product of poor oral hygiene habits or irregular attendance to your regular dental checkup at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC. Without timely, professional treatment, the bacterial decay can gradually penetrate deep into the root of the tooth. If the decay is too extreme to be treated by a root canal, Dr. Mark DeVuyst might recommend a total extraction.

Once your gums have healed and any concerns of infection have passed, Dr. Mark DeVuyst can help you understand your tooth replacement options. Should you prefer not to undergo the oral surgery required for a dental implant, he might recommend a dental bridge.

The process starts with Dr. Mark DeVuyst forming two abutments out of the two closest teeth. To do this, he will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel layers. An impression will then be made of the abutments as well as the void and your personal bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

Dr. Mark DeVuyst will then secure a temporary dental crown over each abutment. This will keep each abutment safely protected while the lab technician is busy producing your new bridge.

Once it’s ready, Dr. Mark DeVuyst will call you back in to cement the bridge into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Clinton Township, Michigan, and you have a tooth suffering from an untreated cavity, you should call 586-416-1625 to have it treated and restored at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC.