Conservative Treatment for Infected Root Canals


While tooth decay is progressive, treating it is similar no matter how minor or severe it is. The point of restorative treatment is to remove the infection and repair what remains of your healthy, natural tooth structure. In mild cases, that means treating it with a tooth-colored filling. However, the layers of your tooth are complex, and if decay reaches its inner chambers, then treating it could be more involved than a filling procedure. Root canal treatment is the process of carefully accessing the interior pulp and root canal of a tooth, then removing the decay and restoring the tooth from the inside out.

When it’s time to consider root canal treatment

The more severe tooth decay becomes, the more intense the symptoms are. For instance, the pain in your tooth becomes significantly sharper and more severe when its inner pulp chamber and tissues are infected. Biting and chewing become more difficult; your tooth’s pain will occur more frequently and more intensely each day. This is the result of the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels becoming directly infected within the tooth’s pulp. To alleviate the symptoms and mitigate the threat of the decay spreading, we may recommend performing root canal treatment as soon as possible.

What to expect from your treatment

If root canal treatment is necessary to restore your tooth, then we may be able to perform your procedure in just a single visit. Though more involved than a simpler tooth filling procedure, root canal treatment can be performed conservatively and comfortably. For optimal comfort, you may even opt for dental sedation before and/or during your procedure. After removing the oral bacteria and infected tissues from your tooth pulp and root canal, we’ll fill the canal and chamber with a durable, biocompatible material to reinforce the structures. We may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth after the root canal treatment is completed to provide even further protection.

Schedule a visit to see if you need root canal treatment

When a tooth becomes too decayed for a filling to treat it, you may still have a chance to save it with the help of conservative root canal treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly serve patients who live in Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, and all surrounding communities.