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Poor oral hygiene practices contribute to a variety of factors that can promote tooth decay. Without treatment from a dentist like Dr. Michael Mullen a cavity can continue to spread to compromise an increasing amount of the tooth.

If the compromised tooth fractures at the gumline, or a large dental abscess develops in the underlying periodontal tissues, it might not be viable for treatment by endodontic therapy. In a case this severe, Dr. Michael Mullen might suggest completely extracting the root of the tooth from the socket and suturing your gums.

Aftercare measures will likely include a prescription for pain medication. If warranted Dr. Michael Mullen might also include a course of antibiotics to alleviate any infection in the periodontal tissues. Once your gums have fully healed and any infection concerns have been resolved, Dr. Michael Mullen can help restore the missing tooth’s basic function with a dental bridge.

It is essentially a single piece of dental work that encompasses three teeth. A solid artificial tooth is completed fused with a crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored directly onto abutments formed from the two neighboring teeth. The dental bridge will be created in a special dental lab from durable materials that are capable of rivaling natural tooth enamel.

You will need to come back in for a second appointment to have your dental bridge cemented in place. Once this is done your newly restored tooth will last for many years. If you live in the El Paso, Texas, area and you have a tooth suffering from a severely untreated cavity, you should call 915-593-1900 to seek treatment at Michael R. Mullen D.D.S..