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Keeping a tooth functioning even after removing a pulp is often a task for endodontists using root canal therapies. Through the use of a root canal therapy, it may be possible to save a tooth that otherwise would need to be extracted. Root canal therapies are often needed when pulps are so severely damaged or infected, there is no hope to save them.

If dental damage has ever occurred to the point that dental erosion has allowed bacteria to enter into a tooth, a pulp can become diseased and infected. The pulp is the life source of the tooth and includes all the necessary pieces so that it can function effectively, such as nerve endings, blood vessels, and connective tissues. If bacteria infect the pulp, it will need to be removed, or the tooth will fail. Through the use of highly effective tooth restoration treatments such as root canals, the pulp can be extracted, and the tooth can continue to function correctly in the future. However, to prevent pulp failure be aware of what causes infected pulp. This includes deep cavities, repeated dental procedures that remove tooth enamel, severe oral accidents, and injuries, and microscopic damage that allows holes to form in your tooth enamel.

For more information about root canals, you can speak with Dr. Holly Krystek and our team at Lifetime Dentistry by calling us at 563-263-9082. If you require a comprehensive oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Muscatine, Iowa.