Tooth enamel serves as a buffer between bacteria and the softer, more vulnerable structures of our teeth. While tooth enamel is very strong, it can develop damage with exposure to acid and years of wear and tear. Cracks in tooth enamel substantially increase our risks for developing dental caries and broken teeth. Badly damaged tooth enamel could require root canal treatment from our endodontist along with restorations to protect teeth from further degradation.
How does tooth enamel become damaged?
Tooth enamel can become damaged with regular exposure to strong acids found in many foods and beverages. This protective barrier around teeth is comprised of minerals that can be eroded with acid exposure. Bad dental habits like chewing on pen caps or ice cubes along with grinding one’s teeth can break down enamel, too.
What is the root canal?
The root canal is hollowed area deep within a tooth where the endings of nerves and dental pulp are housed. If bacteria breach enamel, the contents of the root canal can develop an infection. Infected root canals must be treated with endodontic therapy to prevent the spread of infection and tooth loss.
How can root canal treatment protect my teeth?
Root canal treatment makes it possible to keep badly diseased teeth. This procedure removes the infected nerves and pulp from the root canal. Receiving endodontic care will also alleviate the discomfort associated with internal tooth infections.
Will I need a crown after root canal treatment?
Many patients require restorations such as dental crowns after root canal therapy. Restorations help protect the external structures of teeth from developing further enamel loss, cavities, and damage such as cracks and chips.
Why choose an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the treatment of structures within teeth. These specialists have extensive education and training to treat broken and infected dentition. Choosing a specialist ensures that you receive high quality, focused oral healthcare.
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