If left untreated, a cavity can develop into severe tooth decay that can reach the center of your tooth where the nerves and tooth pulp are located. When tooth decay reaches this layer, a root canal is required to eliminate the infection and ultimately save the tooth. Dr. Dennis Prat can treat your infection with a root canal in Oakland, CA.
Dr. Prat can perform a root canal with minimal discomfort to you. The root canal will eliminate the infection and save your tooth which might otherwise be lost. If left untreated, the severe tooth decay can reach all the way to the bottom of your root and leak into your jaw bone. When this occurs, an abscess is formed and the pressure created can cause an extreme amount of pain. Such an abscess can also be life threatening if left untreated. A tooth infected with decay cannot heal itself, and tooth decay therefore must be promptly addressed.
Root Canal Procedure
Before Dr. Prat begins the procedure, he will make sure you are sufficiently numbed to ensure a comfortable experience in his office. A small opening is made in the top of your tooth and the tooth decay is removed. A very small instrument called a dental file is used to remove the decay from the center of your tooth where the nerves and pulp are located as well as within the canals of the roots. Filling material called gutta percha is used to fill the canals, and x-rays are taken during the procedure to make sure the decay is gone and the filling material has reached the ends, or apices, of your roots. If a tooth is extremely damaged from tooth decay, a large filling called a core along with a post might be used to stabilize the tooth. A crown is placed over the tooth to protect and strengthen it.
Do not lose your teeth to untreated tooth decay. Seek root canal treatment immediately and call Dr. Prat’s office in Oakland, CA to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.