When you have a deep cavity, should you just get the tooth removed? Studies suggest that there is a lot more damage to extracting teeth than previously thought. Most dentists are now trying to preserve teeth through the use of root canals. Even when teeth must be extracted, there are some methods that might be more appropriate than others.
How is a tooth repaired?
If a tooth with a deep cavity or crack can be repaired, it is usually done so with a root canal. The root canal cleans out the diseased pulp from the tooth, leaving the tooth in place. The cavity is then filled, and depending on the state of the tooth, a crown may be required to protect the remaining tooth. [Read more…]