Avoid tooth extraction, we can repair a broken tooth near Millbrae, CA
When dental decay reaches deep into the pulp chamber and root canal of a tooth, it can cause serious, damage, including bone and tooth loss. For patients in Millbrae, CA who hope to avoid tooth extraction, root canal therapy may be needed to treat this deep infection. After root canal therapy, a dental crown is used to strengthen the damaged tooth, so it lasts well into the future. The following will explain the importance of repairing a broken tooth with root canal treatment and a crown.
What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the soft inner area of the root canal where tissue and nerves are located. When the pulp becomes infected, we can treat this deep infection by removing it. Once the pulp is removed, the area is cleaned out, filled and sealed. During a routine root canal, we access the pulp by drilling a small hole and removing the pulp. Because of the material that is removed, the tooth is no longer functioning as a living entity. Over time, this can cause the tooth to become brittle and break. Many years ago, infected teeth were removed, but root canal therapy allows us to save the tooth and avoid extraction.
Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?
A dental crown is used to restore shape, size, strength, and appearance to a tooth. Dental crowns are cemented into place and cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. After a root canal, a permanent filling is applied to the tooth to prevent bacteria from entering. Because this tooth is weakened, a dental crown can provide extra protection from future fractures. Another benefit of a dental crown is that it makes the smile look natural. With proper care and good oral habits, a dental crown can last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
If you want to learn more about root canal therapy with dental crowns, please call us today at (650) 232-7650.
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