On your own, you will not be able to stop a cavity. An unaddressed cavity will continue its spread, and at its worst, it can destroy your tooth, and spread bacteria to other areas beyond it. Restorative dental work requires the total removal of infected material from your tooth. What this involves will depend on how serious the cavity is. If it is caught in time, it can mean having some of your enamel excised. After that removal is complete, your dentist can replace the lost enamel with a dental filling. However, in some cases, a cavity will not be identified until it has entered your pulp. Your dentist will need to perform a root canal treatment to access the infection at this level.
A Root Canal Can Save A Tooth Suffering From Advanced Decay
To perform a root canal, your dentist will enter your tooth, so that they can take out infected tissue in the pulp, which will be sealed once the removal is completed. Because the amount of dental material removed can be significant, your dentist will provide you with a dental crown, so that it is protected.
What Happens If You Fail To Undergo A Root Canal In Time?
If you do not seek your dentist’s help in time, your cavity can do irreversible harm – at this point, the only action available to your dentist is to extract your tooth. This is an important step, as a tooth damaged beyond repair by decay can allow bacteria to spread to your jaw, and create more oral health woes for you.