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Small cavities that are not treated by a dentist will gradually grow. In time a small area of tooth decay could become a serious dental health problem. This problem could include pain, an infection, and even the loss of the tooth. The chances of this increase if you skip your regular dental appointments.

If a tooth is too damaged to be viable, our dentist, Dr. Mark Baker, may need to extract it. Once all the affected tissues have healed the dentist might recommend restoring the tooth by installing a standard dental bridge. This is a single piece of dental work that has been used for decades to replace the basic function of a missing tooth. A bridge is essentially a solid artificial tooth that is fused to a crown on each end. Those crowns will be anchored directly onto the teeth on each end of the space. Once your bridge and crowns have been created in a dental lab, your dental work will be cemented in place with a strong adhesive. With proper care, your bridge will last many years.

If you live in the St. George, Utah, area and you have a tooth suffering from a severely untreated cavity, you should call 435-628-0621 to have it treated at Premier Dental.