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If you’ve allowed a cavity or lost filling to go ignored, decay will inevitably spread deeper and deeper into the tooth. In time this can infect or inflame the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee will often recommend having a root canal performed to prevent even more serious complications. Without adequate treatment the infected root could even for an abscess infection deep in your gums.

A root canal treatment starts by taking a series of detailed X-rays. This gives Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee a clear understanding of how deeply the decay has penetrated the tooth.

Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee will numb the area with an injection of Novocain. After the tooth and surrounding gums have been sufficiently numbed, they will use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. With access to the internal structure, they can extract any infected or damaged tissues.

With the area cleaned of all affected material, they can go about the process of rebuilding the structural integrity of the tooth with a rubbery, yet firm material known as gutta percha. This small post-like structure is called an abutment.

At the end of this first treatment, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee will create a detailed impression of the abutment and all other relevant teeth in the area. This impression will be sent off to a dental lab, where a crown is custom made to fit the area. Then they will cover the abutment with a hard plastic temporary crown.

A member of Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee’s staff will call you to schedule a second appointment, once the lab has completed your crown. During this appointment, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown in place. This will effectively restore the full function and appearance of your previously compromised tooth.

If you have a problematic tooth that has gone ignored, you should not delay in calling Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee’s office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 215-564-9010 to explore your treatment options.