From time to time, all of us will suffer from some form of tooth decay at some point in our lives, but if we catch it quickly, it will only take a filling in order to re-balance the mouth again. However, if the decay is allowed to advance, it will eat into the tooth and infect everything inside, from the pulp to the roots and then in order to save the tooth, you will need root canal treatment. This sounds nasty (in the past it could be), but laser surgery can have you in and out of the chair painlessly before you know it. It involves a total clearout of the tooth; the pulp will be first to go and then the roots will follow. After this, the hollow inside of the tooth will be disinfected and then filled up again; in severe cases, the tooth may have to be rebuilt using a crown. Having this done will stave off periodontal disease and help to avoid the more serious issue of an abscess breaking out and poisoning your bloodstream. If you want more information on this procedure and how to avoid it in the first place, then tap-up Clifton Dental of Bristol; they cover the Weston-super-Mare area and give the best advice around.