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When is a root canal necessary?

Your teeth are most durable because they are protected by a layer of tooth enamel, the hardest substance in your body. Under normal conditions, your teeth can last a lifetime. But problems arise when your tooth enamel is compromised for one reason or another. This damage may lead to an infection which makes a root canal necessary.

In contrast to your tooth's outside, your inner tooth is filled with soft and vulnerable tissue. This part nourishes your tooth, so it remains alive, transporting blood and nerve signals via narrow passages in your tooth roots. These passages are known as root canals, which is the term's origin.

The procedure which treats an inner tooth infection works when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your tooth. Then, with special tools, we remove infected tooth pulp and scour the remaining spaces until they are immaculate. We then seal your inner tooth against future infection and protect your remaining tooth with a dental crown.

What Happens If You Don't Get a Needed Root Canal

If you elect to avoid root canal treatment, your inner tooth infection will continue to advance. In the short term, it will be quite painful. But since pain thresholds are subjective, you may continue to ignore the problem.

The main threat is that your tooth infection will get beyond your tooth and into your jawbone. In this case, you may need us to extract your tooth and fight the infection before it threatens your overall health. But, again, root canal therapy solves this issue before it becomes much more severe.

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