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Cavities are caused by the natural bacteria in your mouth exploiting an area of compromised tooth enamel. With early diagnosis, the dentists at Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. might be able to treat teeth suffering from tooth decay with dental fillings, dental crowns, or endodontic therapy.

If you fail to seek timely dental care, the tooth decay will inevitably continue to progress. As this starts to happen, your compromised teeth can suffer from severe dental fractures, infected roots, or the formation of a dangerous dental abscess. Any of these complications can lead to the total loss of multiple teeth.

In a situation like this Dr. Michael Mullen might recommend extracting the remnants of the teeth. This will help to gradually ease the pain and prevent further infection from developing in your gums. Once your gums have fully healed and any infection concerns have passed, Dr. Michael Mullen may suggest fitting you for a partial denture. This is a removable dental appliance that acts like an abbreviated form of a complete denture. It will be designed in a special dental lab to fully replicate the presence, function, and appearance of your original teeth.

The partial denture be designed to fit tightly with the surrounding structure or your teeth and gums. A little denture adhesive will also help lock the partial denture in place while also helping to prevent food particles from infiltrating the space between the denture and your gums.

If you live in the El Paso, Texas, area and you have lost multiple teeth to untreated tooth decay you should call 915-593-1900 to schedule an appointment at Michael R. Mullen D.D.S.