Treatment for Extensive Tooth Decay
When you hesitate to treat a cavity, the tooth decay behind it will continue to erode more of your tooth structure. Eventually, it can reach the inner chamber and tissues at the center of your tooth, known as the pulp, as well as the root canal that’s connected to it. Root canal treatment is the process of carefully removing extensive infection from within your tooth, which allows us to replace the removed tissues and restore the tooth’s pulp and root canal.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Treating severe tooth decay is similar to treating milder decay with a tooth filling. The difference is that, unlike a tooth filling, root canal treatment involves accessing and cleaning the interior of your tooth. Using advanced technology and dental techniques, we can perform root canal therapy in just one visit, allowing you to restore your smile faster and in greater comfort. After removing the infection and restoring the tooth’s pulp, we may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth for additional protection.
What Are the Alternatives?
By the time tooth infection reaches the pulp and root canal, the tooth itself can be at risk. In severe cases, the decay can become severe enough that there isn’t enough healthy structure left to restore. In such cases, tooth extraction may become the last resort for minimizing the effect of your tooth infection. To restore the rest of your healthy smile, you may also require a custom prosthesis to replace the extracted tooth.
Find out if you need root canal treatment
With root canal treatment, we can help you save a severely infected tooth and restore your healthy, vibrant smile. To schedule an appointment, call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We also proudly serve the residents of Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and all surrounding communities.