You may have heard a lot about root canal therapy, or you might not have heard much at all. Either way, there is a good chance that you may not fully understand the procedure, or the need for it, which could cause you to hesitate to undergo the treatment. If your tooth is in bad enough shape that it needs root canal therapy, then that hesitation could eventually cost you the tooth, or worse. When tooth decay strikes, the condition will continually grow worse. In its severe stages, root canal therapy may be your last option at saving the tooth and stopping the infection from spreading to the teeth and tissues surrounding it.
What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay, the infection that eats your tooth structure and leads to cavities, is a progressive issue, and starts when poor hygiene results in excessive plaque buildup. The bacteria hidden in plaque can grow and multiply, and as they consume nutrients from your meals, some of them produce acids to break down tooth enamel. When enough acid is produced, it can lead to a cavity, and the bacteria can spread through the tooth’s main structure. Eventually, decay will reach the tissues inside the tooth’s pulp (center chamber), which is connected to your tooth’s root canals that extend into your jawbone.
How Are Root Canals Treated?
If your tooth’s pulp is infected, then treating the tooth will require accessing its interior to remove the dead tissues, then clean away any bacteria and lingering infection. Then, the root canals will be cleaned and sealed, the tooth filled to fortify its structure, and then a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it from further injury when bite and chew.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.