Cavities form when teeth are not cleaned with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque and food debris are allowed to remain on the tooth surfaces and bacteria that live in these substances produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel, eventually damaging the tooth and forming a cavity. The most common treatment for a cavity is a dental filling, which is necessary to remove the decay and restore the tooth structure. If the cavity is not treated promptly, however, and it is allowed to worsen, it could eventually reach the pulp, the soft core of the tooth. The pulp is where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are contained. If the tooth decay reaches this area, an abscess could form. A procedure called a root canal will be necessary to restore health to the tooth. This procedure can be found at My Platinum Dental to treat an affected tooth in Broken Arrow.
What is a root canal?
This restorative treatment removes the decay from the tooth like a dental filling procedure would. The difference is that the interior of the tooth will be accessed during a root canal treatment. The pulp of the tooth will be removed and the canal filled in with a special material. A fracture or crack, or repeated dental procedures on a tooth could also warrant a root canal.
X-rays will be taken to show the tooth below the gum line. Being able to view the tooth roots and surrounding bone will give your dentist at My Platinum Dental a better idea of the structure of the tooth before working on it.
An anesthetic will be applied to the site to minimize pain and discomfort and a sheet of latex rubber called a dental dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and clean during the procedure. The inside of the tooth will be accessed by a hole in the top of the tooth, which the dentist will drill in. The pulp will then be removed, as well as any traces of decay. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and the canal will be reshaped to discourage bacteria from accumulating in that area again. The canal will be filled with a biocompatible filling material to restore its structural integrity and allow you to use it as normal without worrying about cracking it. The tooth will be sealed and is usually covered with a dental crown; a second appointment will be needed to have the crown placed.
If you have a tooth that has been affected with a severe cavity, have it examined at My Platinum Dental. A root canal can be performed in Broken Arrow to restore health and function.