One of the more serious consequences of tooth decay is needing a root canal due to ignoring the symptoms of decay. When it gets into a tooth, it weakens its structure so that it can break whenever you’re eating. Luckily, our dentists are experts at root canals and may be able to save your tooth.
Along with weakening a tooth, decay can spread to the gums, causing them to recede and allow the bacteria access to the bone beneath the tooth. It can destroy the bone and cause you to lose your teeth and, with the structure of your face deteriorated, you can easily look older than your real age.
Fortunately, by performing a root canal, our dental specialists can save your tooth.
The primary reason for doing a root canal is to remove decay from the inside of the tooth. Otherwise, the bacteria will keep spreading, and the decay will take over the tooth, leading to its loss. To prevent this, our dentists open the tooth and verify the decay that they saw on the digital images and then work to remove it.
Getting rid of the decay within a tooth is similar to getting rid of it on a tooth when you have a cavity. To remove the decay, many dentists still use drills, but our dentists use the latest in dental technology, dental lasers.
Since lasers can cut through tooth enamel, soft tissues, and bone without needing sharp instruments (they use intense light waves instead), the process is faster.
Using lasers also decreases the discomfort of this procedure and makes it virtually pain-free. Once our dentist at Miller Family Dental gets into the tooth, he or she uses the laser to remove the pulp with the decay and reshapes the canals.
Then, our dentists pack the tooth and place a temporary covering over it until your dental crown arrives. With root canals, our dentists can save their patients’ teeth so that they maintain their function and beauty.