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When tooth decay goes untreated, the problem can spread throughout and within the tooth. If the decay penetrates the dentin layer, you might experience pain and heightened sensitivity. If it penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth, it could cause significant pain and could even lead to a dangerous infection in the gums.

In a case like this, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney might recommend treating the severely decayed tooth with a root canal.

This involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer and extracting any decayed or infected material from within the tooth. The core of the tooth will then be reconstructed with a rubbery yet firm material known as gutta percha.

This creates a post-like structure known as an abutment, which will eventually anchor a dental crown. The material your dentist recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Most crowns are made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.

The crown will be prepared at an off-site dental lab. When it’s ready, we will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment to cement it into place. This should fully restore the badly decayed tooth for many years to come.

If you are suffering from a severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in contacting Root Canal Specialists, PC at 248-540-9191 to have it treated with a root canal in Bingham Farms, Michigan.