Cavities that are not treated promptly with dental fillings can potentially worsen. They could eventually reach the pulp, or the soft core of the tooth. This area is where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are located. If the tooth decay reaches it, an abscess could form. To treat this problem, a root canal will be required. This procedure at South Simcoe Dental Care removes the decay and fills in the space to restore the tooth’s structure and health.
What causes a cavity?
Cavities form as a result of bacteria producing acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. Bacteria live in plaque and food debris that remain on the teeth when brushing and flossing habits are not kept. As the acids damage the teeth, a hole called a cavity can form.
A tooth could also require a root canal after it has become affected by an injury, such as a fracture or crack, or by repeated dental procedures that disturb the tissue.
The root canal procedure is somewhat infamously known as a painful one. However, this is a misconception. Anesthesia is used for this procedure in Bradford, so no pain is felt for its duration. X-rays will be taken to show the tooth below the gum line, the tooth roots, and the surrounding bone, giving your dentist at South Simcoe Dental Care a better idea of what to expect during the procedure. Before starting work on the tooth, a sheet of latex rubber called a dental dam will be placed around it to keep it dry and clean. The inside of the tooth will be accessed by creating a hole through the top. The pulp and all traces of decay will be removed. The inside of the tooth will be cleaned and reshaped. This will discourage bacteria from accumulating on that surface again. Your dentist will then fill the tooth with a biocompatible filling material to allow you to use your tooth as normal again. The tooth will be sealed and covered with a dental crown.
Though it may seem like an intimidating procedure to go through, a root canal greatly benefits the health of a tooth. If you have developed a badly decayed tooth, make an appointment at South Simcoe Dental Care in Bradford to have it examined and treated.