In our previous blog, we discuss the reasons you cannot ignore a cavity and how the progression of decay creates larger and larger problems for your oral health. From a cavity to an internal infection to even tooth loss, great attention must be paid to the health of your teeth, and it is up to you to ensure you are staying on top of excellent preventive care. In today’s blog, your Conroe, TX dentist will take a deeper look at what happens when decay progresses past a cavity and how a root canal can help.
When You do Not Treat Decay
Oral bacteria live in every smile, feeding off of the sugars and food particles that are left behind after eating or drinking. They tend to thrive in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, such as near the gums, behind teeth, and in-between structures, which make the gum line and back molars an ideal spot to flourish. As you are aware, these bacteria can weaken the structural integrity of your tooth, and if left without treatment, will eventually form a hole known as a cavity. While this can be easily repaired with a tooth-colored dental filling, the fact of the matter is that many individuals tend to put off seeking treatment. Unlike a stomach ache or runny nose, however, a cavity will not get better with time. In fact, it will only get worse! The hole will continue to grow in size until finally, the bacteria as infiltrated your tooth and begun to wreak havoc on the inner dental pulp and roots. What’s more, a filling will no longer suffice and will in fact fail, rendering that option useless. To address this, your dentist will recommend a root canal procedure.
Getting to the Root of the Problem
To preserve your natural tooth, our team will perform a root canal procedure in which we strategically remove the infected portions of pulp from the canals of your teeth, then fill these empty chambers with a dental material. The process is complete with a crown restoration in order to encourage a healthy recovery. For more information about this process, contact our team today.
Preserving Your Natural Tooth
When it comes to your beautiful grin, the last thing your dentist wants is to extract a tooth. When decay spreads and no treatment is sought, however, this becomes an increasingly more probably reality. While more extensive than a filling, a root canal may be your last option to preserving your natural teeth.
Contact Our Team
For more information about your root canal options or to schedule your appointment with our team, contact The Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX by calling 936-441-4600 to learn more today.