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When tooth decay goes untreated, it can spread deep within the tooth while also compromising the structure of the tooth enamel. This could potentially cause a serious infection in the root of the tooth or even lead to a severe fracture near the gum line.

Sometimes Dr. Scott R. Adishian can treat a tooth in this condition with endodontic therapy. In an extreme case, the tooth might be so severely compromised that Dr. Scott R. Adishian might need to extract the tooth at his Pasadena, California, clinic.

Once your gums have fully healed, Dr. Scott R. Adishian can help restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge. This is a solid piece of dental work that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth, fused to a pair of crowns on each end. It will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the two nearest teeth.

Dr. Scott R. Adishian can create the pair of abutments by removing the enamel layer from each of the adjacent teeth. The dentin sheaths surrounding the healthy pulp and root will later serve to anchor the bridge in place.

A detailed impression will then be prepared of the area. This will include the two abutments, the surrounding teeth, and any other teeth related in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will then be cemented over each abutment to protect it while we await completion of your permanent bridge.

A second appointment will be scheduled when the bridge is ready. Once it has been cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive, your new bridge will restore the missing tooth for many years ahead.

If you live in the Pasadena, California, area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay, you should call 626-796-3700 to have it treated by Dr. Scott R. Adishian.