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A cavity often starts out as a minor area of demineralized tooth enamel. At first, it might not even cause any appreciable discomfort or sensitivity. Unfortunately, if a small cavity goes untreated by a professional dentist like Dr. Jeryl Abbott the tooth decay will inevitably continue to expand.

In time you might notice increased sensitivity and discomfort in the tooth. Without professional attention, the bacterial presence can worsen as it invades the pulp and root of the tooth. It could eventually develop into an increasingly painful toothache.

Growing pain, pressure, or general discomfort, in the underlying gums, might also indicate a developing dental abscess. This is a pocket of infection can swell within the local periodontal tissues to threaten the integrity of multiple teeth. Without timely treatment, the infection could potentially pass to your bloodstream.

Sometimes our team can treat a small abscess with a course of prescription antibiotics and a root canal. This treatment strategy will restore enough of the tooth’s structure to eventually anchor a dental crown.

If a large abscess has developed, we might need to excise the infected tissues and extract the compromised tooth. Once this is done, we will suture your gums. Then we will likely prescribe antibiotics and pain management medication to help deal with any lingering infection and help you remain comfortable during the recovery process.

When you’re ready, Dr. Abbott can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. This might call for installing a dental implant into the vacant socket or preparing the surrounding teeth to receive a dental bridge.

If you live in the Midlothian, Virginia area and you are suffering from a toothache or severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 804-379-9177 to have it treated at Midlothian Dental Arts.