Root Canal Treatment

Treating Severe Tooth Decay

A cavity is the result of a tooth becoming infected by harmful oral bacteria—a condition known as tooth decay. While tooth-colored fillings can treat most mild to moderate cavities, more extensive tooth decay requires more involved treatment to resolve. When decay reaches the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp, it infects the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and other vital tissues. These tissues travel from the pulp to your jawbone through the canal inside of the tooth’s root, and when infected, they pose a serious threat to the rest of your oral health. To address the threat, your dentist can recommend custom root canal treatment, which eliminates the infection and restores your tooth’s health and strength when a filling won’t suffice.

The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is the process of addressing severe tooth decay by carefully removing the infected tissues, and then sealing the root canal and pulp chamber to restore your tooth’s structural integrity. One of the most notable benefits of the procedure is alleviating the severe discomfort associated with infected tooth tissues. However, the long-term benefits include restoring your tooth’s ability to absorb pressure so that your bite regains its full function. If you hesitate to seek treatment, then your dentist may have to extract and replace the tooth to effectively restore that function.

Ask Your Dentist About Root Canal Treatment

In cases of severe tooth infection, root canal treatment can be the most effective way to prevent the loss of your tooth and the spread of infection through your oral tissues. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call Bella Family Dental in Dallas, TX, today at 972-290-0903.