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Advanced tooth decay that has gone too long without being addressed can cause a serious infection in the root of a tooth. Decay in the pulp, root, or nerve of the tooth can also lead to a serious infection in the surrounding gums and bone tissues. If it isn’t dealt with immediately, it could even form an abscess in your gums. If you have a tooth like this, Dr. Becker can effectively restore it with a root canal and a crown.

Our dentist in Fishers, Indiana, will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of decay. This will also detect any infection or abscess in the gums.

Dr. Becker will then remove the enamel layer of the tooth and any other decayed or infected material. Then she will form an abutment from a material called gutta-percha. Later, this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is formed of the abutment, before a temporary crown is cemented in place to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.

When the lab has completed your permanent crown, Dr. Becker will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth that is suffering from advanced decay or is causing you pain, you should call My Dental Care at 317-849-0999 to schedule an appointment.