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If your tooth enamel is injured or breached, bacteria can enter the inner portion of a tooth, known as the canal. At the bottom of the canal lies the root, which contains the tooth’s pulp. If bacteria damage the pulp, the tooth cannot expect to survive, unless root canal therapy is used. For more information about root canals, consider the following:

 

– Teeth that have undergone multiple dental treatments could be more at risk for pulp damage over time.
– If there are microscopic cracks in a tooth, it is still possible for bacteria to enter and damage the tooth’s pulp.
– When cavities continue to burrow down through tooth enamel, sooner or later they will work their way clear down to the root of the cavity and cause the pulp to become diseased.
– Oral accidents, oral injuries and other forms of tooth fracture and broken teeth can injure the pulp or cause it to become vulnerable to future failure.

 

For any additional questions or concerns about root canals, Lewis Family Dentistry is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Kenneth Lewis and our team at our dentist office in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at (910) 488.0518. We can’t wait to help correct your smile so it can shine brightly for many years to come!