Each of your teeth is made up of multiple layers that all play an important part in providing you with the ability to safely chew food. The outermost layer of tooth enamel is a very hard substance with the structural durability to last for many years.
Yet Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry notes that individuals who struggle to maintain effective oral hygiene practices can be increasingly susceptible to problems with tooth decay. Once a cavity develops the demineralized area of tooth enamel can quickly erode, leading to a serious dental fracture as well as other oral health complications.
If the bacterial presence in the tooth enamel is not adequately treated, the tooth decay could further permeate into the dentin layer beneath or the pulp deep within the core of the tooth. As a problem like this continues to progress the patient will likely experience significant discomfort in the tooth, which might include a growing toothache.
A dental filing or a standard dental crown restoration is rarely effective for treating a tooth in this dire condition. In a case where the root or pulp of the tooth has been badly compromised our dentist will likely need to perform endodontic therapy.
This outpatient treatment strategy involves carefully removing the last vestiges of tooth enamel layer before replacing the affected core with special endodontic materials. The prepared abutment he installs will be strong enough to support a standard dental crown.
If you have tooth suffering from a bad cavity and you are in the Houston, Texas, area you should call 713-723-2600 to seek timely treatment at TLN Family Dental.