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If you have a tooth that suffers from unaddressed tooth decay that has penetrated deep into the tooth it can cause pain as well as a serious infection in the gums. If it isn’t addressed in short order you could develop an abscess deep in your gums. If this sounds like one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling Dr. Stephen T. McInerney at 248-540-9191 to schedule an appointment.

In many cases, a tooth with an infected root can be restored by a root canal.

The first step in the process involves Dr. Stephen T. McInerney examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of decay. This will also detect any infection or abscess in the gums.

Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will then use a drill to remove the decayed enamel and extract any infected tissues. Then he will use a rubbery material called gutta-percha to help form an abutment. This will later serve to anchor a crown.

At the end of the first appointment, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will form an impression of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. This impression will be sent to a dental lab that produces your permanent crown.

Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will call you in for a brief second appointment, when your new crown is ready. The temporary crowns are removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a tooth that is suffering from advanced decay or is causing you pain, you need to call Dr. Stephen T. McInerney as soon as possible at 248-540-9191 to schedule an appointment.