Have you been struggling with tooth pain? You could be dealing with infected dental pulp—a fairly common, though nonetheless painful and harmful, condition that can greatly impact the state of your oral health. Fortunately, here at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, your dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe, can treat this issue with root canal therapy. Read on to learn more!
What is root canal treatment?
Sometimes, decay or damage to a tooth can affect its inner structure, i.e. the dental pulp. As a result, the pulp become infected or irritated. To prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding bone, tissue, and teeth, your dentist will perform a simple root canal. This straightforward endodontic procedure goes inside the tooth to remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp that lies under the dentin layers.
The goals of root canal therapy include,
- Removing the infected pulp
- Disinfecting the tooth to stop the spread of infection
- Sealing the root canals to prevent future infections
- Preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible
- Preventing the need for a tooth extraction in the future
What happens if I don’t receive a root canal?
A root canal is not an elective procedure. Once the dental pulp has been damaged, it will need to be removed. If you instead choose not to undergo treatment, the alternative is to have the tooth removed. However, preserving your natural tooth structure saves you time, money, and a myriad of negative health consequences. After all, this simple 90-minute procedure at our Seymour, IN, office can prevent the need for additional procedures as well as the added expense of getting a tooth replacement such as a dental bridge or implant.
Concerned? Give us a call
If it’s been a while since you saw your dentist, or if you are experiencing any concerning symptoms, it’s important that you have a dental team that you can turn to right away. Call Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, today at (812) 522-8608 to schedule your next visit.