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Cavities are often the result of poor oral hygiene habits that weaken your tooth enamel enough to allow bacteria to develop an area of tooth decay. Without professional treatment at Dr. Kent Stasney’s clinic, an untreated cavity could compromise the structural integrity of a tooth. This could eventually cause a severe dental fracture.

Sometimes Dr. Kent Stasney can treat a tooth in this condition by performing a root canal. If the tooth has been severely compromised, Dr. Kent Stasney might need to extract the remnants to prevent an abscess or severe infection in the gums.

After the area has healed, Dr. Kent Stasney can help restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth with a dental bridge. This is a solid piece of dental work that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused with a crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the two nearest teeth.

Dr. Kent Stasney will create the abutments by removing the enamel layer from each of the adjacent teeth. Once the area has been prepared, Dr. Kent Stasney will make an impression and protect each abutment with a temporary crown.

The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your dental bridge will be made from durable dental materials.

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

If you live in the Slidell, Louisiana, area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay, you should call 985-643-4553 to have it treated at Slidell Family Dental Care.