The bacteria responsible for tooth decay will go as far as they can to wreak mass havoc on your dental health. Left to their own devices, they will spread, reaching your dental pulp and putting your entire tooth in danger. Fortunately, root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) allows dentists to intervene at this stage and preserve the tooth’s structure so you don’t have to face replacement. You may fear the words “root canal,” but Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, wants to make sure you know that these procedures are not as bad as you may presume.
The Need for Root Canal Treatment
When tooth decay progresses to a tooth’s pulp and roots, the root canals become infected. This is like shutting down the highways that make commerce possible within your teeth. In essence, your tooth is very much in danger at this point. If left untreated, infection will continue to spread, and tooth loss is likely. The infection may spread into other parts of your mouth or jaw, or even into other parts of your body.