root canalAn untreated cavity can quickly turn into a very serious problem for the tooth in question. If the bacteria responsible for the cavity reach the tooth’s innermost layer called the pulp, it can become infected, putting the tooth in peril of dying or falling out. There is, however, a treatment that can preserve the tooth, preventing tooth loss and the complications that can come with it. This treatment is called root canal treatment, and your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, discusses the specifics of the procedure and its role in preserving a tooth below.

The Purpose of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment intervenes and preserves an unhealthy tooth, by accessing and removing the infected pulp. By removing the infected pulp, the tooth’s health is restored, but the removal of the infection benefits more than just the unhealthy tooth. Infections tend to spread, and when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected, there is no guarantee that the infection will remain confined in the unhealthy tooth. Occasionally, it will spread into the jaw, the rest of the mouth, and even the body, where it can cause illness.

The Root Canal Procedure

If you choose to receive root canal treatment from your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Locke, you will first be given anesthesia to numb the tooth in question. After the anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Locke will use a drill and other small instruments to gain access to the tooth’s pulp. Once he has accessed the pulp, Dr. Locke will remove the infected material and then fill the tooth to prevent further decay and infection. If damage to the tooth is extensive, a dental crown may be required to reinforce the tooth and restore its function.

Schedule a Visit with Your Waco TX Dentist

If you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay and requires root canal treatment, don’t neglect dental care. Contact your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Locke, today by calling 254-776-4888 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Our 76712 dental office is glad to serve patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.