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When severe tooth decay compromises the root of a tooth, it can cause pain and decreased oral function. Many times, the oral care specialists at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center’s Riverdale, New York, clinic can treat a tooth in this condition with endodontic therapy. Yet there are some extreme cases where the tooth can be so severely compromised by decay or infection that it simply can’t be saved by a root canal.

In a situation like this, our dentists might might advocate a total extraction to prevent a dangerous infection from spreading to your bloodstream. Once your gums have healed and you’re ready, we can help you understand your dental restoration options.

If you are uncomfortable with the timetable and oral surgery required to restore the tooth with a dental implant, we might recommend a bridge.

This is essentially an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with a hollow crown at each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth.

If you live in the Riverdale, New York, area and you have a tooth suffering from severe tooth decay, you should call 718-548-3353 to seek treatment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center’s clinic.