In our most recent blog, we took a look at the way tooth decay settles into a smile, feeds off of sugar particles, and wreaks havoc on your grin. Indeed, oral bacteria are present in your smile at any given time, and while they cannot be removed in their entirety, they can be managed and kept at bay. As decay spreads, it creates a small hole in a tooth known as a cavity. Your trouble does not stop there, however, as the longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse the situation will become. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI dentist discusses the ways decay infects the inner pulp of your teeth and how a root canal can help.
A Continuous Spread of Infection
It goes without saying that among the various factors out there that can threaten the integrity of your smile, tooth decay is the most common. Just because it is a common phenomenon, however, that does not mean it is one that should be taken lightly.
You see, decay will only continue to feed off of food particles and spread its area of control. This can lead to infecting nearby structures, and more often than not leads to deep-rooted infection within any given tooth.
You may have at some point another in your life endured a cavity, or a small hole created by hyperactive oral bacteria. Cavities can be simply filled and cared for with a restorative filling, but bear in mind that the situation will only get worse the longer you wait to seek help. For more information about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.
The Impact on Your Oral Function
When infection spreads inside a tooth, it begins to cause damage to the sensitive nerves housed in the pulp of your teeth roots. By damaging your nerves, you will begin to experience difficulty performing routine tasks such as biting, chewing, and eating without enduring significant pain or discomfort.
In addition to the pain and discomfort infection may cause, the sensitivity that arises may make it difficult to fully bite down and even speak. Contact our office today to learn more about this process and what your treatment options may be.
What to Expect from Treatment
Whether you are aware of it or not, a dental filling will no longer be effective when a structure is infected past a certain extent. As a result, you will require the help of additional care such as root canal therapy. This process involves carefully but thoroughly removing the infected material and then filling the hollow root canals with dental material.
Learn More Today
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about your restorative dental treatment options.