When you have a more advanced case of tooth decay, then you could risk the onset of infection or even a missing tooth. To treat this case of cavities, or even an infection, then you may need an endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist will explain how we treat smiles with a root canal procedure.
The Dangers of Severe Tooth Decay
Cavities start small. They develop when the outer enamel is compromised, either weakening and eroding due to plaque buildup and poor oral hygiene, or damaged when a tooth is chipped or cracked. Bacteria then reach the inner dentin, which enables a cavity to form. The decay then spreads within them, eventually making contact with the inner pulp and causing sensitive teeth and painful toothaches. At this stage, the decay is pretty advanced and could become a dental infection. When a cavity is too severe, a filling may not be enough to treat it. Instead, a root canal procedure could be prescribed!
Root Canal Treatment
We employ this endodontic procedure to treat decayed or infected tooth. After we administer a local anesthetic and possibly even sedation, we will open the tooth to extract the infected tissues from within. After we remove the tissues, we add a special restorative material to the tooth. This stops the discomfort and prevents the spread of infection to other teeth. To cap the tooth and protect it from further injury or pain, we will then add a crown. The restoration is custom-made, preserving your bite balance, fitting comfortably, and also mimicking the appearance of surrounding teeth. If you feel nervous, remember, most people compare the procedure to receiving a simple dental filling!
Did you know that a few simple steps each day could help prevent cavities and infection from occurring in the first place? For example, when we brush and floss daily, we remove stray food particles that feed bacteria, and limit the severity of plaque buildup. You should brush when you wake and once more before going to bed, each session lasting about two minutes and using a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss every evening too. About once every six months, see our team for a checkup and cleaning, so we can remove all plaque and keep an eye on your smile. If you have any questions about avoiding issues like tooth decay or dental infection, then contact our team today!
Schedule Your Restorative Visit Today
Our team wants to help restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile. Newhall Dental Arts is ready to treat your cavity. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more about our custom and lifelike treatment options.