Tooth decay is a progressive condition. This label means that your tooth decay will worsen over time until you treat the problem. Bacterial buildup on your teeth occurs constantly. Bacteria will always aggregate over time, but you must consistently clean it away. This is why your dentist recommends brushing twice per day and flossing daily. If you fail to do so, tooth decay will start to wear down your enamel. Eventually a cavity will form. If left untreated, the cavity may evolve into a more serious infection that requires root canal therapy or even tooth extraction. Remove tooth decay as soon as possible.
Restorative Dental Treatment Always Starts with the Removal of Tooth Decay
Restorative dentistry comprises a number of different treatments that seek to rebuild or replace damaged teeth. This may include dental fillings, dental crowns, and dental bridges. Before any of those treatments are completed however, your dentist will first remove the tooth decay that harms your teeth. Your tooth cannot recover until the infected tissue is no longer spreading through your tooth. Whether your dentist is setting a dental filling in a cavity on the surface of your tooth, or your dentist is performing root canal therapy, they will need to extract the infection.
Root Canal Therapy Prevents the Serious Spread of Infection
Cavities that go untreated will spread through your tooth. Once the harmful bacteria make it past the outer layer of enamel, they will begin to infect the sensitive tissues beneath. Infection can move quickly through the dentin and pulp layers of your tooth, working its way toward the root canals. Your root canals connect to other oral tissues in your mouth, so an infection here is particularly troublesome. The infection can spread through blood vessels and increase your risk for adverse health effects. Root canal therapy prevents this spread by removing the tooth decay.
Extraction May Be Necessary for Dangerous Teeth
As tooth decay progresses, it can rob your tooth of its structural integrity. Large cavities cannot always be fixed by dental fillings. You may need a dental crown for especially damaging cavities. If your tooth’s roots become compromised and root canal therapy cannot save them, your tooth may need to be extracted. If your dentist is recommending this treatment, it’s because the tooth in question poses a serious health risk for your other teeth.
Treat Tooth Decay at Cleveland Family Dentistry
At Cleveland Family Dentistry, our goal is to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our patients so they can always enjoy a warm, relaxed, comfortable, and caring atmosphere. We offer a wide range of dental services for every member of the family! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vic Uhrenholdt, or Dr. Chris Aguirre, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.