Tooth Decay - Surgery
You may need surgery if
tooth decay has damaged the
pulp and the tooth.
extraction, your dentist removes the decayed tooth.
root canal treatment, your dentist removes the pulp
from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity.
What to think about
After removing your tooth, your
dentist will replace it with a
bridge or an
If your tooth is severely
damaged, it may be easier and may cost less to remove the tooth than to have a
root canal treatment.
If you have root canal treatment, you will need a
If you have certain heart problems, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before dental surgery. Surgery can cause bacteria
in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of
the body. The antibiotics lower your risk of getting an infection in your heart called endocarditis. For more information, see People Who Need Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis and Procedures That May Require Antibiotics to Prevent Endocarditis.