Conservative Treatment for Root Canals
Because tooth decay is progressive, it can’t always be effectively addressed with a tooth-colored dental filling. In more severe cases, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove the decay from within a tooth’s inner structures (including its root canal). If performed quickly enough, root canal treatment may be able to save your tooth from having to be extracted.
When Your Tooth Decay Is Severe
A healthy tooth is comprised of layers, with its sensitive nerves and tissues housed at the center, within the pulp chamber. When tooth decay first develops, it does so at the outer layer, or enamel, of a tooth, and progresses through the tooth’s main structure, known as dentin. In severe cases, however, the decayed tooth structure and harmful bacteria can reach the pulp chamber and infect the tooth’s nerves, causing intense pain in and around the tooth. These tissues travel from the pulp to your jawbone through the tooth’s root canal, and to prevent the infection from spreading through this path, we can perform root canal treatment to remove the decay entirely.
How Root Canal Treatment Alleviates Decay
Root canal treatment is a conservative procedure that can often be completed in just a single visit. Using advanced technology and our ample experience in restorative dental techniques, we can quickly and comfortably access the tooth’s interior chamber and remove all traces of decay. By filling the tooth chamber and root canal with durable, biocompatible material, and possibly placing a dental crown over the tooth for additional protection, root canal treatment offers several benefits for your tooth and long-term oral health, including:
- Alleviating your intense tooth pain
- Avoiding the need for tooth extraction and replacement
- Reducing the risks of more complex oral health issues
- Lowering your risks of experiencing decay in other teeth
- Restoring your bite’s full function
- And more
Learn if You Need Root Canal Treatment
Having an infected root canal can be extremely painful, but you can restore the tooth’s health and alleviate the pain by seeking root canal treatment as soon as possible. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call the office of Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.