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We’ve heard the ominous stories: root canals are “the worst,” forced upon us by cruel dentists who just want to make us miserable. Not true! In fact, root canals are a procedure to save teeth from impending disaster. If the inner pulp of the tooth is damaged, in many cases it must be removed to prevent your tooth from failing, or even prevent serious infection.

Tooth decay could lead to a root canal. The decay from a tooth has removed some of the enamel and caused a cavity, which in turn has left your pulp vulnerable to disease and decay.

Tooth enamel loss can also occur because of trauma associated with oral accidents and injuries. It is possible for a tooth to be cracked at a microscopic level, which leaves the root susceptible to harmful bacteria. This can be a cause for a root canal.

Thirdly, multiple dental procedures on a tooth can also leave the tooth vulnerable to tooth failure. Whenever tooth enamel is removed from a tooth, it becomes all the more prone to damage. If your previous dental procedures fail or do not adequately protect your pulp from outside interference, an infection can occur, necessitating a root canal.

Talk to your dentist about dental care options. If you have dental anxiety or are uncertain about any part of the procedure, your dentist can reassure you and talk you through the details of the procedure.

If you think you may need a root canal, please call Hawkins Family Dentistry so we can get you in to see Dr. Lori Hawkins and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Belpre, Ohio, and we can be reached at 740-423-8416. We look forward to helping you maintain a bright and healthy smile this season.