Bacterial decay is an incredibly destructive force when it comes to the health of your teeth. Bacteria are naturally present inside your mouth and on the surfaces of your teeth. If you don’t thoroughly clean your teeth on a regular basis though, that bacteria can start to aggregate and become trickier to remove. Eventually, the bacteria form a plaque. This plaque produces harmful acid as it grows, and that acid can work its way deep inside your tooth. When the deepest portions of your tooth — the root canals — become infected, you need root canal therapy to preserve them.
Bacterial Decay Is a Slow, Consistent Process
Bacterial decay doesn’t manifest itself right away, which can make it difficult to counteract. If you fall and scrape your arm, you can see the result of that injury right away. Bacterial decay may go unseen until you have a dark cavity on the surface of your tooth. The decay can also happen beneath the surface of your gums (gingivitis). After wearing down the surface of your tooth, the bacteria can move into the dentin, pulp, and root canals of your tooth. By the time you see the physical result of bacterial decay, you already have a huge problem on your hands.
Your Root Canals Play a Valuable Role
The root canals of your tooth are the portion of the tooth inside the roots — buried beneath your gum line. The root canals carry blood vessels and nerves to and from your teeth, connecting them with the rest of your body. While the root canals can carry valuable nutrients, they can also become a passageway for harmful bacteria. When an infection moves into your root canals, the bacteria can travel to other oral tissues or cause dangerous blockages in your bloodstream.
Root Canal Therapy Preserves Your Tooth to Keep it Viable
Once the roots of your tooth have been infected, the entire structure and stability of the tooth is at risk. Root canal therapy allows your dentist to carefully access these inner passageways to extract all of the infected tissue from inside. Once the bacteria have been removed from your root canals, your dentist will carefully seal the canals to prevent future infection and damage. At the completion of root canal therapy, your dentist will place a dental crown on top of your damaged tooth to protect and preserve it for the future.
Seek Treatment for Bacterial Infection at Melrose Dental Arts
The health of your teeth can influence the overall health of your body. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, treat the condition right away. At Melrose Dental Arts, you’ll find compassionate care that is focused around you. Root canal therapy and a dental crown can save your tooth. Schedule an appointment at Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by contacting our office at 760-724-9117.