Tooth decay is a progressive disease that will continues to worsen without treatment. When it is detected by your dentist early enough, tooth decay can be treated and sometimes reversed. Once the decay has created a cavity in the enamel of your tooth, a filling can clear out the decay, disinfect the tooth, and restore it. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will progress deeper inside the tooth. At this stage, the inner pulp and roots can become infected and inflamed. Root canal therapy may become necessary at this stage to save the tooth. Without it, a tooth infection could enter the bloodstream to cause problems for your overall health. Root canal therapy can sometimes be the last chance to rescue a tooth from extraction.
How Does It Help?
First, your dentist will numb the area surrounding the infected tooth with local anesthesia. Next, a small entry to access the inside of the tooth will be created to allow access to the inner pulp. The inner tissue will be disinfected, and any damaged tooth or diseased pulp will be removed. An antiseptic solution may need to be used for disinfection. Once the tooth is clear, the inner canals will be restored. A crown may be put onto the tooth to protect it from future damage and restore its ability to chew and bite.
Danger of No Treatment
Root canal therapy can relieve the pain from a toothache. It can be less painful than the pain caused by the inflamed tooth. However, if you decide to ignore treatment, you may find yourself in even worse pain. An abscessed tooth is a serious infection deep within your tooth, and it can be caused by not treating severe tooth decay with root canal therapy. If an infection becomes too severe, root canal therapy may no longer be a viable option leading to a necessary extraction of the tooth.
Root canal therapy can help your tooth
Root canal therapy may be the last option to save your tooth before extraction. 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.