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Poor oral hygiene habits and skipping your routine dental checkups at Dr. Doris Madrigal and Dr. Thu H. Nguyen’s office can allow a cavity to develop and grow. In time the tooth decay can penetrate deep into the tooth. As it progresses the cavity can infect the root of the tooth and possibly cause a dangerous abscess to grow in the underlying tissues.

Common symptoms of this problem can include increasing tooth pain, discomfort when chewing, or a feeling of pain and pressure in your gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not delay in seeking professional dental care.

Oftentimes, the dentist can treat a tooth in this condition by performing a root canal. If the problem is severe, the dentist might recommend extracting the tooth and removing any infected material.

Once this is done the dentist may suture your gums to allow the affected tissues to heal. The doctor mighh also provide you with a prescription for pain and an antibiotic to prevent any lingering traces of infection from reaching your bloodstream.

Once your gums have healed and any infection concerns have passed, the dentist might suggest replacing the tooth with a dental bridge. This is a single piece of dental work designed to fully replicate the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns on each end that will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

If you are in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you have a tooth suffering a toothache, you should not delay in calling 773.252.5757 to seek treatment at DM Family Dentistry.