When a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria and decay can spread throughout the tooth and even reach the inner pulp. To prevent the spread of infection, our dentist at Allouez Family Dental, will remove the infected area inside the tooth, clean it, and seal it with solid dental materials. This is done to ensure that bacteria doesn’t spread into the gums or jawbone in the future. The sooner you get your infected tooth treated, the better it is for the overall health of your mouth!
Why Do I Need A Root Canal?
If decay or infection has reached the interior of your tooth, it can cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms and affect your overall oral health. For this reason, it’s best to treat your infected tooth before it has a chance to cause more damage.
During a root canal procedure, our dentist will remove the diseased pulp and nerves from the inside of your tooth, clearing the way to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. A dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage and restore its complete form and function after the procedure.
While no one wants to think of needing a root canal, it can be the best way to protect your oral health and prevent the need for an extraction. If you do need a root canal, don’t delay!
The Procedure for Root Canals
During your root canal, the infected pulp will be removed from the tooth so that it is no longer causing you pain. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned thoroughly and disinfected to prevent further infection. Finally, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to prevent future damage.
Depending on the case, a crown may be needed to reinforce the area surrounding the filling. Dental crowns can be made from metal, resin, porcelain, or ceramic. They are secured in place by being cemented onto the tooth's surface. After the procedure, your tooth should feel restored and healthy again.
While patients typically fear root canals, they are no more uncomfortable than receiving a dental filling. Patients will also be numbed with local anesthesia beforehand, so they do not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. In some cases, the tooth that needs a root canal is also sensitive due to significant decay. In that case, our dentist may prescribe a sedative for you to take before your appointment to help relax you, so you feel less anxious during the procedure.
A root canal can help save your tooth from extraction and preserve your smile for years. If you are experiencing pain or want to learn more about root canal treatment, visit Allouez Family Dental at 2805 Libal Street, Suite C, Green Bay, WI 54301, or call (920) 339-8980.