Your teeth are one of the strongest areas of your body thanks to the thin but durable layer of tooth enamel that makes them one of the strongest parts of your body covers them. Underneath the tooth enamel are the the dentin and the tooth pulp, which are not as strong but house the nerves and inner workings of the tooth. If tooth decay or injury affects the inner tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary to restore the tooth to its original health.
You can reduce your risk of dental infection and decay by brushing and flossing diligently every day and receiving professional dental cleanings from your dentist twice a year. We encourage you to wear an athletic mouthguard if you play contact sports, as a hard blow or fall can crack a tooth and leave it vulnerable to bacteria.
Another risk of dental infection is a cavity that has penetrated deeply into the tooth. If a damaged tooth goes untreated, the resulting dental infection will kill the inner pulp, destroy surrounding bone, and lead to the loss of the tooth.
Dr. Alison Scott can detect the need for root canal treatment during a dental exam. However, if you recognize signs of needing root canal treatment in Houston, Texas, call Lasting Impressions Dental Group today and schedule an appointment with our dentist. You can reach us at 713-528-0040.