Understanding Why Root Canals Can Become Necessary

Understanding Why Root Canals Can Become Necessary

Each tooth in your mouth contains sensitive nerve tissue called pulp. When the exterior of the tooth is damaged, the pulp may become infected, causing extreme pain and sensitivity. When a root canal is performed, a dentist can save the body of the tooth and eliminate discomfort by extracting the pulp and sealing the tooth. Because the pulp is only present for sensory function like detecting temperature or pain, the tooth can function without that tissue present.


What Causes Damage to Teeth?

The teeth are protected by strong enamel that can wear away over time in a process known as tooth decay. Once the enamel is penetrated, bacteria can work through the dentin into the pulp, causing it to become infected. The pulp may also become exposed as a result of an oral injury that cracks or fractures the tooth. Repeated dental work and large fillings are other opportunities for bacteria to thrive inside the teeth.


How Can Root Canals Be Prevented?

Patterns of consistently good dental hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist, are important to preventing tooth decay and damage. However, unanticipated injuries that compromise the health of your teeth can occur. Once a tooth is damaged, it is best treated as soon as possible. A root canal is a safe and effective treatment, and it allows you to retain the structure of your tooth. Without treatment, an abscess may form, causing extensive damage to the jaw, soft gum tissues, and facial appearance. If the tooth is sensitive, discolored, or sore, then your dentist may advise a root canal.


To restore your dental health, contact the offices of Dr. John R. Carson, DDS. We provide comprehensive dental care to Tucson residents with services including root canals, crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth whitening. Schedule a consultation on our website or call us at (520) 514-7203.

Keeping Our Patients Safe and Healthy at John R. Carson D.D.S., P.C.

Dear Patients,

As all of you know, our vision here at John R. Carson D.D.S., P.C. is to partner with patients to achieve the best for their long-term oral and overall health. We are honored to serve you. In light of current coronavirus/COVID-19 concerns affecting the world and an order from the Arizona Governor we, like all dental offices in Arizona, are closed for anything other than dental emergencies until April 3rd.

If you have a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed now and always to your needs.

The offices of John R. Carson D.D.S., P.C. continues to employ the most up-to-date infection control procedures and our record proves that they work really well! Rest assured that the infection control and standard precautions that we always employed are excellent deterrents to COVID-19 and every other virus. In addition to the routine steps we take, we are being even more vigilant of all the areas in the office. Surfaces in the reception area, front desk area, consultation area and restroom, which would normally be cleaned and disinfected daily, are now being disinfected throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is readily available in all areas of the practice for your use.

During this confusing and stressful time, staying healthy helps you fight off any challenge! Know that we take our role as your healthcare partner very seriously and are here to help! For the latest information and guidance, please refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 situation webpage, the Department of Public Health website, or ADA.

Stay safe and healthy—we look forward to seeing you soon.