Consistent oral hygiene is extremely important to prevent tooth decay and infections in the mouth. Sometimes, however, decay cannot be avoided. If tooth decay is left untreated, it will not go away on its own and will, in fact, only worse, eventually reaching the nerves deep inside the tooth, causing inflammation and infection, not to mention pain and discomfort. When this happens, Dr. Estrada will often recommend root canal therapy.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
When the tooth decay reaches the innermost part of the tooth, the tooth can become infected and badly damaged. In simple terms, root canal therapy is a procedure that repairs an infected tooth in order to stop the decay from progressing any further.
Root canal therapy takes place over two or more visits and does require some healing time, but is an excellent option if you wish to avoid tooth extraction.