Root canals are essential because if the pulp of a tooth is infected, you could end up losing the entire tooth. The pulp of a tooth, which is a soft area within a tooth that contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and the nerve endings, can be repaired and the tooth can be sealed for a lifetime’s worth of happiness. However, teeth that have undergone root canal therapy can still get cavities and gum disease.
In some cases, the pulp can be removed to prevent future disease and infection from happening. This is usually the case if a tooth has become injured from oral accidents and has fractured. The crack in the tooth enamel allows bacteria to enter the root and do harm to the pulp. In some instances, a tooth may have a minuscule fracture, which if it isn’t sealed, can still allow bacteria to enter.
Cavities can cause damage to the root of a tooth and its pulp. Because cavities are holes in the tooth enamel, if they are left unchecked, they can continue to burrow deep into a tooth until they reach the root. Teeth that have also undergone multiple dental procedures can also have damaged tooth enamel to the point that the root is exposed, and the pulp should be or needs to be removed quickly.
For additional information about root canals, or if you would like an appointment to discuss your options with Dr. Lee F. Peterson, our team is here to give you the assistance you need. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Hanford, California, please contact us at 559-584-8129 to speak with a member of our team.