When left untreated, a cavity can progress and deepen into the inner pulp of your tooth. By the time the decay reaches this part of your tooth, it cause infection and severe pain. Root canal therapy can be necessary to eliminate the infection. The root canal therapy will also relieve the pain. It is likely that a tooth in need of a root canal would have been causing you much pain and discomfort for awhile. Removing the decay and infection can remove that pain and discomfort. Root canal therapy can also be the last effort to save a tooth before extraction.
When decay causes a cavity, it begins on the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel. A cavity can usually be treated with a filling. A filling involves your dentist cleaning out the infection and literal filling the tooth in with a composite resin. Without a filling treatment, the cavity will worsen and spread inside the tooth. Once inside the tooth the inner pulp, canals, and nerves can be affected with the infection and decay. Root canal therapy is the process of removing and replacing any affected areas within the tooth. There are times when root canal therapy is needed to treat a cracked or broken tooth where the damage has reached the inner parts of the tooth.
Along with relieving the pain by removing the infected areas, root canal therapy can leave some healthy tooth behind. A crown will likely be necessary to protect the remainder of the tooth. The crown can also restore function back to the tooth and prevent further damage.
The stereotype of a root canal being extremely painful is a stereotype of the past. Modern techniques and local anesthesia can help the dentist make the treatment as comfortable as possible for you. The recovery time is often less painful than the infected tooth was.
Root canal therapy can relieve pain and save your tooth
If you have a toothache, root canal therapy may provide relief. Schedule a consultation at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.