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Common questions about tooth root decay

Below are the common questions that patients ask us about gum decay and its treatment, along with their answers. If you do not find the answer to your question in the text below, you can contact dentists in Canada.

Is tooth decay on the root the same as tooth abscess?

These two problems are two separate diseases, but they may be related. Root decay may infect the surrounding tissue and cause an abscess. A tooth abscess can be caused by untreated gum disease, tooth damage, or poor tooth repair, which has also caused the growth of bacteria and plaque. A dental abscess is very painful and if left untreated, it can lead to worrying oral and physical diseases.

What if I do nothing?

Oral health problems are hidden and insidious, which means that if left untreated, they are likely to become more serious over time. Many people think that if they wait, oral health problems will go away on their own. But not everything is so simple. Instead of getting better, root decay gets bigger and destroys the depth of the tooth, affecting the side teeth, and if it is not treated properly, the resulting infection may hurt your whole body. To prevent serious problems for the body, root decay, and gum diseases should be treated as soon as possible.

Do I need gum disease treatment and root caries treatment?

If the root decay of your tooth happened due to the retreat of the soft tissue and as a result of not treating the gum disease, treating the cavity and periodontal disease is necessary to fully ensure the health of the mouth and teeth. Without treating these problems, you will be at risk of developing root rot in the future.

Do I need a tooth extraction?

A root canal is necessary only if the tooth decay has reached the innermost part of the tooth, the pulp – where the nerve of the tooth is located. When this problem occurs, we perform a root canal to remove the damaged pulp and fill the tooth with materials compatible with living tissues. This type of treatment is not very popular, but sometimes it is the only way to treat a decayed tooth and prevent tooth extraction.

Do I need to pull my teeth?

In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary. However, we do our best to preserve your natural teeth by removing the decay, root canal treatment, gum disease treatment, and sometimes surgery and replacement of soft gum tissue. If we have to pull the tooth, we can give you time to replant the tooth and ensure that your smile remains as beautiful as before.


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