By the time a tooth’s decay progresses to the point of needing root canal therapy, it can be on the brink of a necessary extraction. A root canal treatment can rescue a tooth from needing to be extracted. Tooth decay is a progressive disease meaning it will worsen without treatment. Early tooth decay can be reversed before it breaks through the enamel. Once the decay has formed a cavity in the outer layer of the tooth, a filling is needed to disinfect the decay and repair the tooth. If not treated, the decay will get deeper inside the tooth until it reaches the nerves causing pain and a toothache. At this point, the inner pulp and roots will be infected, which is when a root canal may be needed. Without a root canal, the infection may cause an abscess and enter the bloodstream to cause problems for other parts of the body. An extraction may be necessary to stop this from happening.
What is root canal therapy?
At the point of tooth decay where the inner pulp and roots are affected, the tooth should be disinfected. Your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia. Using very small tools, a small entry will be created to allow access to the inner area of the tooth. Your dentist will clear away any infection, damaged tooth, or diseased pulp. A antiseptic solution may be used to disinfect the tooth. Once the tooth is clean, your dentist may reshape the canals to restore the area. The tooth may be filled in for protection. A crown may be placed on the tooth to protect it from damage and to restore it’s ability to chew and bite.
A permanent crown
During the first visit, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth and mouth. These impressions will be sent to an offsite lab where a customized permanent crown will be created. During this time, your dentist will place a temporary crown on your vulnerable tooth. During a follow-up visit, your dentist will place the permanent crown atop your tooth for long-lasting protection.
Root canal therapy can save your tooth
To restore your tooth, it may need root canal therapy. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.