In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is cracked, or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth.
If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result.
This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health. Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed.
Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive tooth decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you are interested in hearing more about our root canal therapy treatments, please contact our Grand Rapids dentists at (616) 288-6134. At NorthPointe Family Dental, we want to help you achieve your ideal smile!