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With poor oral hygiene practices, a small untreated cavity can quickly become a large problem. If the bacterial tooth decay manages to infect the pulp or root of the tooth, it can cause significant discomfort and potentially encourage a dental abscess to develop in the nearby gum tissues.

Sometimes the tooth decay and related infection can be so severe that the tooth cannot viably be treated with a root canal. In a case of this magnitude, your dentist might advocate a total dental extraction to alleviate the pain and treat any possible infection.

After your gums have fully healed, Dr. Sidney Adler can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth. In many of these cases, the most effective method is to have a dental implant installed into the existing void.

This calls for a minor oral surgery where your dentist will insert a titanium dental implant into the underlying bond structure. In time, the natural process of osseointegration will bond the titanium material with the living bone tissues. This will provide an anchor that rivals the strength of the tooth’s original root.

When the dental implant is ready, Dr. Sidney Adler will develop an abutment to prepare the dental implant to anchor a dental crown. If you live in the Riverdale, New York, area and you have a badly decayed or missing tooth, you should call 718-548-3353 to set up a consultation appointment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center.