Tooth decay (the disease that leads to cavities) can be treated in a number of different ways, depending on what stage of decay your tooth is in. Fortunately, not everyone who develops tooth decay will need root canal therapy to treat it. If your dentist catches it early enough, you may be able to successfully treat your tooth decay with a minimally invasive tooth filling. However, when root canal therapy does become necessary, it usually means that a tooth is in the grips of severe, internal decay, or is at a significantly heightened risk of developing it.
What the Procedure Does
Root canal therapy and tooth fillings are similar in the fact that both procedures involve removing harmful oral bacteria and infected tooth structure from the cavity in your tooth. In the case of root canal therapy, however, treatment goes a step further to include cleaning and filling the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp. The pulp holds a tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, which travel through the root canal and into your jawbone, and root canal therapy involves removing these tissues to stop the spread of decay.
Why You Shouldn’t Avoid It
By the time root canal therapy becomes necessary, decay has reached the most vulnerable parts of your tooth—the pulp and root canal. At this severe stage, treatment becomes imperative to prevent tooth decay from leading to more serious oral health complications. If you hesitate, then you may lose the tooth or need to have it extracted, and in severe cases, you may need the help of an oral health specialist to deal with subsequent oral infection.
Find Out if You Need Root Canal Therapy
If your tooth is internally infected or has been severely damaged, then root canal therapy may be the best way to protect the tooth and your oral health from more serious complications. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pure Smile Dental in Plano, TX today at 972-517-1297.