Saving A Tooth From Infection
When teeth become infected, action needs to be taken in order to preserve your oral health. Untreated tooth infection can spread, potentially leading to serious health issues like gum disease, tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and in more extreme cases, cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, Dr. Ye and his team at Boston Post Dental and Implants can stop the spread of infection and even save your tooth from extraction using root canal therapy.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a restorative dental procedure used to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth, and save the natural tooth. To understand how root canal therapy works, it’s important to note that your teeth are made of three layers.
- The enamel is the outer layer that’s visible to the naked eye.
- The dentin is the layer beneath the enamel that makes up the majority of the tooth’ structure.
- The dental pulp is the innermost layer composed of living tissues housed inside hollow spaces called root canals.
Infection can occur when cracks or holes in teeth allow bacteria to penetrate the enamel and work their way into the dental pulp. If the infection is allowed to remain untreated for too long, it can render the tooth untreatable and spread to other parts of your body.