Unfortunately, not all tooth decay is recognized and treated before it has reached the pulp, or center of the tooth where the nerves are located. The bacteria eat through the outer layers of the tooth, called enamel and dentin, and into the pulp. Once bacteria have reached the pulp of the tooth, the nerves become damaged beyond restoration. This can be extremely painful and lead to other health issues such as drainage of harmful bacteria into other parts of the body, bone damage, and an abscessed tooth.

When you are in pain from damaged or diseased nerves in the pulp of your tooth, everyday actions like eating, drinking, and talking can be incredibly uncomfortable. For your overall health, it is imperative that this kind of decay is treated with a root canal. The team at Mansfield Dental Associates will be there to help you successfully treat the pain caused by extreme decay and get you back to living your life.

Root canal therapy—also called endodontic treatment—is a procedure which removes the damaged nerves from the center of the tooth so that the tooth can no longer feel the pain of damaging bacteria, and the structure of the tooth can be strengthened. Endodontic treatment makes it possible for the natural tooth to be saved so that you can avoid tooth extraction and dental implants and save some money and time.

Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will start the process by obtaining digital X-rays of your teeth, so we can immediately be able to explain your diagnosis on a large monitor. Because we believe our patients should make informed decisions, your dentist will take the time to explain where the decay is in your tooth and what procedures need to take place. If endodontic therapy is the best solution, we will begin by numbing the area around the tooth. Root canal files will be used to painlessly remove the damaged nerves inside the center of the tooth. Once all of the diseased pulp and decay is removed, the inside of the tooth is sterilized and sealed with a filling material. Your tooth may need a crown to further strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage.