WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT AN UNHEALTHY TOOTH?
Root Canal and Extraction
There are two modes of treatment for infected or damaged teeth: root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
An infected tooth may be able to be saved as a root canal can be done to remove diseased pulp. Unfortunately, if the tooth is too structurally damaged and is beyond repair the tooth will need to be removed.
If the extracted tooth is not replaced, it is strongly recommended that a nightguard be worn to prevent surrounding teeth from collapsing into the space. The bone that held the missing tooth will reabsorb with time, reducing the depth of bone available for future implant placement, necessitating bone grafting.