Treatment for Internally Decayed Root Canals

When tooth decay develops, the pain and discomfort of the cavity is often enough to prompt patients to seek treatment. If done in time, the cavity can often be successfully treated with a tooth-colored filling. However, if you hesitate to seek treatment, then the decay (or infection) in your tooth can become much more severe by the time you visit the dentist. Root canal treatment is the process of removing the infection from within your tooth’s inner pulp chamber and root canal – a process that can’t be accomplished with a simpler tooth filling procedure.

How Root Canal Treatment Works

Root canal treatment is often thought to be a much more invasive procedure than it actually is. Using advanced technology and dentistry techniques, we can often perform the procedure in just a single day, and dental sedation can help make the process even more comfortable. After carefully accessing the internal structures of your tooth, we can gently and carefully remove the infected tissues from the pulp and root canal. Then, we’ll fill them with biocompatible material to restore their integrity and seal them off from further infection.

Preserving Your Tooth After Treatment

While removing the infected tissues from within your tooth’s pulp and root canal can save it from being lost, it can also leave it more vulnerable than before. For optimal protection, we may suggest placing a custom-designed dental crown over the treated tooth once your root canal procedure is complete. The crown will cap the tooth and absorb the pressure of your bite, preventing that pressure from damaging the healthy tooth structure that remains.

Save Your Tooth with Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth is severely decayed, then root canal treatment may help us save the tooth and the rest of your oral health from the increased threat. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.