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If for any reason you have ever suffered damage to your pulp, it is essential that it is removed immediately before it leads to tooth failure. Because your pulp is so important for the proper function of a tooth, without the use of an antibiotic treatment such as a root canal therapy, you simply would not be able to save a tooth should the pulp suffer damage. However, root canals can be employed to save a tooth, although it’s better to understand the risks involved with infected pulps to minimize them before damage even occurs.

Keeping your teeth and gums safe in situations where a pulp may be infected or diseased is important. If left untreated, it can cause further damage to your mouth. Typically, a tooth with an effective pulp will need to be extracted, and a tooth prosthetic would need to be inserted in your mouth in its place. However, it may be possible in modern dentistry to safely save the tooth without removing it. Through the use of a root canal therapy, the pulp can be extracted, and the tooth can be sealed off.

Root canals are typically used if an infected pulp is present. There are several causes of pulp damage that can arise. If you’re noticing that you are suffering from deep cavities or dental erosion occurs to the point that your enamel continues to wear down, eventually a hole in your tooth will form and bacteria will seep into the root of the tooth. Similarly, if you suffer from microscopic damage, an oral accident or injury which fractured your enamel, your pulp is vulnerable to infection. Restorations will be needed to seal the tooth before the pulp becomes diseased. In addition, any time you’ve had repeated dental procedures on a tooth, it may not have enough enamel left to help keep your teeth safe from bacteria.

Are you in need of a root canal therapy? If so, please call 713-529-4364 to schedule an appointment with Bruce W. Smith, DDS at our office in Houston, Texas. Drs. Smith and Carrel are here to ensure you receive the endodontic care your smile needs.