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Even a small cavity has the ability to spread quickly throughout the tooth enamel. In time, it can even start to penetrate deep into the tooth to cause decay in the pulp and root. It could even lead to a very serious abscess infection within your gums. To treat a tooth suffering from severe, untreated tooth decay, your endodontist, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney, might need to perform a special endodontic therapy.

This treatment is commonly referred to as a root canal. It is designed to extract all of the decayed and infected materials, rebuild the structure of the tooth, and replace the tooth enamel with a dental crown.

This routinely takes two separate appointments. During the first session, your endodontist will remove the tooth enamel and excise the decayed material. If an abscess or area of infection has formed in the gums, it will also be treated during this session. A material known as gutta percha will then be applied to the core of the tooth to create an abutment. This will later anchor a crown in place.

Our professional dental lab technicians will then work to produce a crown for you made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material they use will be based on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its appearance in your smile. If the tooth is highly visible in your smile, your Root Canal Specialists, PC endodontist will likely recommend a porcelain crown, which can be shaded to perfectly match the color of the surrounding teeth.

When the crown ready, we will call you back in for a brief second appointment to cement it onto the abutment. With proper care and cleaning, it should completely replace the function and appearance of the original tooth.

If you have a badly decayed tooth or large untreated cavity, you should not delay in contacting Root Canal Specialists, PC at 248-540-9191 to have it examined and treated with a root canal in Bingham Farms, Michigan.