Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment
There are many things that could lead to severe tooth decay. If a cavity only causes minor tooth sensitivity, then it might be easy to ignore until the infection becomes severe. If you’ve previously had a filling placed and it fails, then the tooth could be exposed to more extensive infection before you realize it. In some cases, a tooth can be cracked severely enough to expose the tooth’s pulp tissues. However it occurs, an infection in the inner chamber of your tooth can only be addressed with root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy).
The Benefit of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is similar to a tooth filling procedure in many ways. The difference is that root canal therapy focuses on the internal pulp chamber at the center of your tooth, rather than the dentin that makes up the bulk of your tooth. The pulp contains your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, which extend through your root canal and into your jawbone. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove tooth infection from this chamber and the root canal before it can travel to your jawbone and surrounding oral tissues. This also alleviates the intense discomfort associated with severe tooth decay.
Ask Your Dentist About Root Canal Therapy
If your tooth is in the grips of severe tooth decay, then root canal therapy may be the best way to prevent the tooth’s loss, or the spread of the infection beyond the tooth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.