Root Canal Treatment
When a cavity strikes, the decay will continue to progress until it is treated. In most mild to moderate cases, a cavity can be treated with a tooth-colored filling. But in more severe cases, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth. The procedure involves carefully removing oral bacteria, decay, and infected tissues (called the pulp) from inside the tooth, then sealing the pulp chamber and the root canal.
Why Root Canal Treatment Is Necessary
A tooth’s pulp is located at its center, surrounded by the main structure of the tooth (called dentin) and its outer layer of enamel. The pulp tissues extend down through the root canals into the jawbone, and when infection reaches the pulp, it can also spread through the root canals, into the jawbone, and to other parts of your body.
To prevent further complications, your dentist can carefully remove the infected pulp from the root canal, and seal the spaces with a strong, biocompatible material. Then, the cavity in the dentin can be filled with tooth-colored composite resin, and a dental crown placed over the tooth to complete the restoration. A root canal not only saves the tooth, it also helps maintain your oral, and overall health.
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At Sunny Smiles, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call the Sunny Smiles office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.