Severe tooth decay can wreak havoc on your life. It can make eating a painful experience, and also do significant damage to your enamel. It often times leaves a large amount of damage in its wake, making the cavity impossible to be treated with a dental filling. In extreme cases such as this, the root of the tooth may be affected by the infection, which means the tooth may need a root canal.
To find out if a root canal is the right treatment option, your dentist Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner will take a series of x-rays of the decayed tooth to see if the infection has spread into its roots. If the x-rays show the roots are infected, you may need to schedule a root canal.
During the first part of your treatment, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner will determine how much of the roots have been affected by the infection. Then, she will use a drill to remove the damaged enamel of the tooth in order to create an opening from which the infection portion of the roots can be easily extracted. A rubber plug is used to replace the roots, and an abutment is created for a crown to go into.
An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental lab to create the crown for you. This crown will be placed in the abutment in a brief second visitation and cemented in place in order to replace the lost enamel and restore full function to your mouth when eating.
If you live in Burlington, Connecticut, and have a tooth that is severely decayed and possibly in need of a root canal, call Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC at 860-673-7155 to set up a consultation with Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner today!