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While tooth enamel is a tough substance, as the strongest tissue in the human body, it is still vulnerable to injury. Tooth enamel is a thin, translucent outer layer which covers the dentin below, and protects the tooth pulp below the dentin. Your tooth pulp is home to nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. If this becomes infected, you will need a root canal to save the tooth. Dr. Nicole Richardson may recommend a root canal if a tooth is infected due to the following:

  • Deep decay in the tooth.
  • If a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures.
  • Severe cracking, chipping, or root fracture allowing bacteria to set in.

Signs that you may have an infected or inflamed tooth include:

  • If you have a hole in a tooth.
  • Tooth pain or a persistent toothache.
  • Swelling gums or swelling in your face or neck.
  • Sensitivity to temperature extremes.

If root canal therapy is advised for a damaged tooth in your smile, remember that left untreated, the tooth pulp may die, surrounding bone may be lost, or you may end up losing the tooth. A root canal will relieve you of tooth pain and save your tooth.

Since tooth decay and injury can result in an infected tooth, our Highland Village Smile Studio team in Highland Village, Texas, encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings to keep your teeth strong and healthy. We also encourage wearing a sports mouth guard while playing contact sports and high-risk recreational activities to protect against injury.

Please call us at (972) 317.1406 if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with our experienced team. Dr. Nicole Richardson and our team in Highland Village, Texas, looks forward to relieving you of oral pain and saving your teeth for a healthy, confident smile!