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Tooth decay is a serious problem that demands immediate attention. If you don’t take care of tooth decay as soon as possible, it can lead to tooth death, and even spread the decay from the affected tooth to others surrounding it. That can lead to serious infections and other oral health problems.

When you experience tooth decay, there are two common ways to treat it – extractions and root canals. Let’s look at what each procedure offers and when you might need them.

Root canals

Root canals are performed on teeth that can be saved. Even if the pulp (the living bundle of nerves inside of your teeth) is damaged, diseased, or dead, a root canal can save your tooth from decay. Or more importantly, a root canal can also prevent the decay in one tooth from spreading to surrounding teeth.

A root canal lessens your chances for developing infections due to decaying or dead teeth.


Extractions are performed when Dr. Jared Mayer, DMD and Kurt Bazilus, DDS simply can’t save your teeth. If your tooth has a very large cavity, large chip, or other fractures that make it unstable, the tooth needs to be pulled. Leaving a tooth in that has major cracks exposes you to infection.

Here at Mountainside Family Dental we can handle any tooth decay issues thrown our way. If you have any questions about tooth decay, or think you need treatment, get in touch with us today at 480-359-1473 to schedule an appointment.