A root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is required when tooth decay has broken through the outer enamel and infected the heart of the tooth. What happens when a tooth is infected right in the center? Aside from causing excruciating pain, an infected tooth may require extraction, as the nerves of the tooth are slowing dying. Because of the pain, many patients opt for an extraction as a quick fix. While extraction may remove the offending tooth and end the associated discomfort, it is not the best option in the long run.
Removing your natural teeth leaves gaps, which ultimately causes your other teeth to compensate by shifting. These subtle shifts can eventually affect your bite and lead to a number of other dental concerns. Our doctors and the team at Waterford Family Dental Care prefer to save your natural teeth with root canal treatment. Root canal treatment can clear the infection, allowing you to keep your tooth firmly planted where it belongs. Contact us for more information about our Root Canal Treatments.