When it goes untreated, tooth decay can have very serious consequences. The bacteria-driven decay will slowly start to invade the interior of the tooth, causing more and more serious problems. In time, the decay can even lead to an infection in the root as well as the gums. In a case this severe, your dentist, Dr. Carlos M. Suadi, might need to administer endodontic therapy.
This course of treatment, sometimes known as a root canal, involves removing the tooth enamel and extracting all infected tissues. The dentist will then use a firm rubbery material called gutta percha to replace any damaged pulp or root tissues. This will restore sufficient structure to the tooth to create a post-shaped abutment that will eventually serve as an anchor point for an eventual dental crown.
We will then make a detailed impression of the abutment and the teeth in your bite pattern. This will serve as a guide for an off-site dental lab technician who will form a crown out of porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment to cement your new crown onto the rebuilt abutment of the tooth. With regular brushing and flossing, this newly restored tooth should last you for a long time to come.
If you have a badly decayed or painful tooth, you should call 225-753-5885 to seek treatment at BR Dental Care regarding a root canal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.