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A tooth afflicted with tooth decay can cause discomfort and can impair your ability to efficiently chew food. As time goes by, the bacteria will inevitably come to exploit more and more of the once healthy tooth enamel. If you further procrastinate seeking professional treatment at Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke, you risk the bacteria invading the root and socket of the tooth.

Sometimes a tooth this seriously compromised can be treated by having Dr. Michael King perform a root canal. However, in a severe case where the root is badly infected or an abscess has formed in the gums, he might advocate a total dental extraction.

In time, your gums will fully heal and he can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth. If you aren’t comfortable with the oral surgery required to mount a dental implant, he might suggest a dental bridge restoration.

This is a solid piece of dental work that has a replicate tooth in the middle that is fused on each end to hollow crowns. It is mounted onto abutments that are formed from the healthy dentin and internal structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.

Once your dentist has removed the tooth enamel from these teeth, he will form an impression of the abutments and corresponding teeth. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

A durable, plastic cap, which is called a temporary crown, will be placed over each abutment to protect them while the lab technician is busy producing your new bridge.

We will call you to schedule a brief second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you live in Burke, Virginia, and you have a tooth suffering from severe, untreated tooth decay, you should call 703-801-6166 to seek treatment at Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke.