Endodontist North Attleboro
When a cavity reaches all the way to the pulp, often due to neglect, root canal treatment or endodontic therapy will be necessary. However, if you schedule regular cleanings and checkups at Advanced Dental Care, our general dentists can often prevent and detect problems early, potentially before decay reaches the nerve of the tooth. In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably have that tooth extracted to avoid it infecting other teeth or causing gum damage. However, with root canal treatment performed by the North Attleboro endodontists at Advanced Dental Care, you can now save your natural teeth even from extreme decay and infection.
When a tooth is weakened from a crack or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp, causing an infection inside the tooth. When left without treatment, the infection can extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone. This is called an abscess, which causes pulp tissue to die. In these cases, the tooth often becomes sensitive to temperature changes, causes pain and gum swelling. Over time, this infection can injure your jawbone and negatively affect your overall health.
Treatment for an infected pulp will require you to visit our endodontist, a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp. During root canal therapy with our North Attleboro dentists, the disease pulp will be removed and the root canals will be cleaned and sealed to avoid reinfection. A dental crown will be placed over the treated tooth to add support to the remaining tooth structure. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups at Advanced Dental Care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you’re experiencing any of the common symptoms associated with a root canal as mentioned above, please contact Advanced Dental Care in North Attleborough for an appointment.