In most mild to moderate cases of tooth decay, a dental filling can offer the best restorative treatment option. In more severe cases, however, the decay can reach the tooth’s pulp—the tooth’s center chamber which houses the tooth’s nerves, tissues, and blood vessels—and a dental filling may not be sufficient. Root canal treatment is the process of carefully accessing and cleaning the tooth’s pulp, as well as the root canal that connects the pulp’s tissues to your jawbone. By cleaning and filling the tooth’s inner chambers, your dentist can prevent the tooth infection from spreading through the tooth’s root canal and into surrounding tissues and bone structure.

Why Root Canal Treatment Matters

When tooth infection is allowed to progress unabated, it can eventually cause too much damage for your dentist to restore the tooth, making tooth extraction necessary. Additionally, the infection can compromise the rest of your oral health if it spreads from your tooth’s pulp and through the root canal, into surrounding oral tissues. Root canal treatment is often the last chance to stop severe tooth infection and allow your dentist to restore your tooth, rather than having to extract and replace it. For additional protection, your dentist may complete your root canal procedure by placing a durable, lifelike dental crown over the tooth.

Ask Your Dentist About Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth suffers from severe internal tooth decay, then root canal treatment may be your last chance to save it. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.