Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse.
Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.
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.
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.