In recent blogs, we have discussed how fillings can treat cavities. However, if it is too late for this, you should not allow the decay to continue to progress. Once the enamel has been eroded, the cavity will enter the dentin, and then into the pulp. At this point, you may begin to feel discomfort when eating or notice swelling. To relieve the pain and stop the cavity from worsening, a root canal can be performed to recover the tooth. Today, your Prairie Village, KS, dentistry explains what this procedure is.Read more: Relieve Tooth Pain With Root Canal Therapy
What Is A Root Canal?
It is important to stop a cavity from forming as soon as it is detected. At your biannual dentist visit, the staff will examine your smile for any changes in texture, color, or sensitivity. X-rays can also discover decay in the early stages. If this is found, good oral hygiene combined with fluoride treatments can reverse the development of a carie. Cavities can also be treated with fillings if not caught in the earlier stages. However, if you have put off your dental checkups, a cavity may go unnoticed for a long amount of time. For patients who have severe decay, a root canal may be necessary.
Simply put, a root canal removes the decayed pulp and fills the area to stop the cavity. There are several layers of your tooth, and your pulp is the inner layer. This contains nerves, blood vessels, and tissues. When decay reaches the pulp, it can cause swelling, pain, bad breath, and more. Many patients often associate this invasive treatment with pain. However, this therapy often relieves the discomfort that is caused by deep decay.
Is There An Alternative?
We know that any invasive dental work is not something our patients look forward to. However, if you put off this necessary restoration, you may risk losing a tooth. Decay in the pulp can lead to an infection, which may also lead to losing the structure completely. The only other option for a root canal would be extraction.
In most cases, your dentist will do their best to keep the integrity of your natural dentition. However, if the tooth is severely damaged and you do not go through with the restoration, removing the tooth will prevent the infection from spreading. It can be later replaced with a prosthetic, but your smile must be in good health before this can happen. Before the restoration or extraction, you can discuss your concerns with your dentist.
Schedule This Restoration Today
If you have severe tooth decay that is causing you pain, a root canal can help. To schedule this or another service, call Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-901-8585.