While prevention is the best medicine for your oral health, advanced restorative dentistry can help you recover from severe dental issues, like internal tooth decay. For instance, even when tooth decay becomes so severe that a dental filling can’t fix it, Dr. Young may still be able to save your tooth with conservative root canal treatment (or RCT). Like a filling, the procedure involves removing and replacing infected tooth structures and tissues. However, with RCT, our dentist will carefully access the internal pulp chamber of your tooth and the root canal that’s connected to it. By doing so, Dr. Young can alleviate the intense discomfort that results from internal tooth decay, as well as save what’s left of your healthy tooth structure to avoid tooth extraction.
If you’ve never undergone root canal treatment, then the idea of cleaning out the inside of it, including its nerves and blood vessels, can seem invasive. However, modern root canal treatment is more conservative than it’s ever been, and can often be performed in just one visit. With an appropriate level of dental sedation, the procedure is even more comfortable, and more importantly, it can successfully relieve the pain of your severe tooth decay. Once the procedure is complete, your dentist may suggest placing a custom-designed dental crown over the tooth to protect it and restore its ability to function properly.
When a tooth infection is invasive enough to reach the tooth’s tissues, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.