When Tooth Decay Reaches the Pulp
The most common cases of cavities (which are caused by tooth decay) can often be treated with customized dental fillings. After cleaning the cavity, your dentist can fill it with a biocompatible material, stopping the cavity from growing while restoring your tooth’s strength and integrity. In some cases, however, tooth decay can affect more of your tooth than a dental filling can adequately restore. For instance, if the decay reaches the inner chamber, or pulp, of your tooth, you may need root canal therapy to treat it. Rather than simply restoring your lost tooth structure, root canal therapy also involves removing infected soft tissues and sealing the tooth’s root canal to prevent infection from causing more serious oral health concerns.
More Comfortable Root Canal Treatment
The process of root canal therapy is more involved than that of a filling procedure, but it’s still typically a conservative treatment. With advanced dental technology and streamlined restoration techniques, your dentist can carefully access and clean your tooth’s pulp and root canal, using biocompatible material to seal the canal and chamber. The treatment can often be performed in just a single visit, and with the help of personalized dental sedation, it can be performed with minimal discomfort. Depending on the extent of your decay, your dentist might also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth after the root canal therapy is completed.
Recover from Severe Decay with Root Canal Therapy
If tooth decay has reached your tooth’s pulp and a filling can’t address it, we may still be able to save your tooth with comfortable root canal therapy. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.