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Have you ever asked yourself what a root canal is or why one is necessary? Root canals are a dental procedure that is used to help save and protect teeth from total failure due to damage to the pulp of a tooth. If a tooth’s pulp is harmed, it must be removed to ensure the tooth can survive, as the damaged pulp will often become infected.

In many instances, the tooth enamel has been compromised by harmful acids and bacteria, which then infect the pulp. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerve endings, blood vessels, connective tissues, and is the overall life force of the tooth. If it becomes damaged and is not removed, total tooth failure and tooth loss will occur.

To help thwart pulp failure, it is important to guard your tooth enamel against decay and cavities. Additionally, tooth enamel may be worn down over time due to multiple impacts to the tooth, including previous dental procedures. Furthermore, accidents and injuries can also weaken or crack a tooth’s enamel. Protect your tooth enamel so that root canals will not be needed.

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your dental health with Dr. Meredith McClay and our team at Creekside Family Dental, please call 541-210-9661 to set up a visit to our office in Medford, Oregon. We would love to see you in for an exam and make your teeth and gums as good as new!