Dentists can often treat tooth decay with dental fillings. That’s because the decay affects just the main portion of a tooth’s crown. There are times, though, when the decay makes its way to a tooth’s center, known as the pulp. When this happens, it infects the nerves and blood vessels and may cause you increasing discomfort. To address this issue, we recommend a root canal treatment. This will help stop the infection and preserve the remains of your natural tooth. If left untreated, you may experience other dental issues and risk losing the tooth.
A Root Canal Treatment Defined
The main goal of a root canal treatment is to remove decay from an infected tooth and restore that tooth’s integrity. Since we’ll be working on a tooth’s interior, the treatment is more complex than a dental filling. That said, it is a safe and common procedure. When you visit us for a root canal treatment, we will begin by thoroughly examining your oral structures, specifically the tooth, or teeth, that need to be treated. We will take digital X-rays to help us be precise with our plan. A local anesthetic will be administered to the tooth’s surrounding area. We will then remove the decay from the pulp, sterilize the tooth, and fill it with a biocompatible material. You may need a dental crown to help support the tooth and to prevent any further damage.
Schedule a Root Canal Treatment with Us
When decay infects a tooth’s pulp we can address the issue with a root canal treatment. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about how we can help you maintain healthy teeth, please contact us by calling 817-473-6227.