How to save severely damaged teeth
- Posted on: Mar 15 2021
In the past, a tooth that is diseased or infected required extraction. Fortunately, there are alternative treatments that can now be used to save a tooth from extraction. Today, many dentists use a procedure called “root canal therapy,” or “endodontic therapy,” to save a tooth and maintain it within the smile. At Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center, we understand how important it is to keep the smile beautiful and avoid extraction whenever possible. With root canal therapy, patients can avoid invasive extractions and dealing with tooth replacement options such as dentures, bridges, or implants. Severely damaged teeth can now be maintained in many situations.
How to save a damaged tooth
A tooth that has had an injury or trauma may be in need of restorative care. Additionally, infected teeth, large cavities, and other conditions that significantly damage a tooth need to be evaluated to decide if root canal therapy is appropriate. Root canal therapy is performed by allowing the dentist access to the inner portion of the tooth to remove the dental pulp, which contains the nerves and the blood supply of a tooth. By removing the dental pulp, patients will essentially deaden the tooth, but it can be covered with a dental crown to function as it did before. The dental crown is made of porcelain and created the match the patient’s existing teeth for seamless integration. It provides an extra layer of protection for the tooth, especially if it is weakened by the root canal procedure.
What about large cavities?
Large cavities can result in an infection inside of the tooth, which may require root canal therapy to address. Situations like this are often not resolved with a dental filling alone, especially if the tooth is severely damaged by the decay.
Learn more about saving your smile!
If you live in the areas of Allentown or Bethlehem, PA and are ready to save your smile with root canal therapy, we welcome you to book a consultation appointment at any of our office locations to speak to our dental providers about your needs. We can evaluate a patient to decide if root canal therapy is right for their unique situation and can provide treatment recommendations.