Dental fillings are an excellent solution to treating mild to moderate tooth decay, and can be customized to fit the exact size of most patients’ cavities. When tooth decay becomes so invasive that it reaches the inner chamber, or pulp, then a filling may no longer be enough to restore the tooth. In such severe cases of decay or infection, root canal treatment is often the preferable solution in order to save the tooth from extraction. Root canal treatment may also be recommended when teeth are fractured, or broken, and the inner pulp is exposed to oral bacteria.
The Need for Root Canal Treatment
Unlike most other restorative treatments, root canal treatment focuses specifically on the internal structures of the tooth – particularly the tissues, nerves, and blood vessels housed in the pulp. These tissues travel from the pulp through the root canals and into the jawbone, where the root is held securely in place. Root canal treatment is designed to stop an infection from traveling along this path and spreading beyond the tooth, leading to tooth loss and more serious oral health issues.
If a tooth is too damaged or infected to be saved with root canal treatment, then Dr. Bonura may recommend tooth extraction. Removing the compromised tooth may be the only option for containing the infection and preventing the need for more complex treatment.
Call Dr. Caytlyn Bonura at Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM!
As a true family dentist, Dr. Caytlyn Bonura offers caring, patient-centered dentistry in a welcoming, comfortable environment. From young children to teens, and adults of all ages, Silver Smiles offers a comprehensive list of family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services that are tailored to your specific needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.