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.