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Severe tooth decay that has gone unchecked for a significant period of time can allow the decay to penetrate deep into the tooth. This can degrade the sensitive pulp and root of a tooth can cause a serious infection as well as pain. In time it could even form an abscess deep in your gum tissues.

If you’ve been ignoring a bad tooth for too long, you should seriously consider calling Endodontic Associates of Bayside to have the problem addressed. In many cases, a severely compromised tooth might need a root canal.

Dr. Stella M. Carollo starts the process of restoring the tooth with a root canal by performing a thorough examination and taking X-rays to assess the extent of decay. This will also help to diagnose a potential infection or abscess in your gums.

Dr. Stella M. Carollo will use a drill to remove all the decayed enamel and extracts any other infected material. Then she will from an abutment from a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is made of the area, and a temporary crown is secured over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made. You will called back in for a brief follow-up appointment when the lab has completed your new crown.

If you’ve been ignoring a bad tooth for far too long, it’s time to call Dr. Stella M. Carollo at 718-224-4000 to schedule an appointment.