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Do you have sore teeth? Do you experience sensitivity to hard, spicy or hot foods? If yes, you might need to stop by our office for an oral examination, and depending on what we find, we may suggest a root canal treatment. Learn a little bit more about when root canals are needed by reading on below.

Inside each tooth there is soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves. This is defined as pulp, and it provides nourishment for teeth. Unfortunately, pulp can get infected. This infection can be caused by deep cavities, a split or harmed tooth or other injury to the tooth that goes unnoticed.

If the infection is untreated, it can extend to the root of the tooth. This causes swelling and potential abscess production, every now and then advancing as far as the bone surrounding the root. Since bacteria can destroy the bone, this infection might cause tooth loss as chompers lose their connection to the jaw. In these instances, a root canal might be suggested to retain the tooth so it won’t need to be removed totally.

Phone 770-343-6565 to schedule your next visit with Dr. Harvey at the Alpharetta, GA, office of Don Harvey Dental Comprehensive Dentistry. Please don’t wait to call with any questions or concerns you have!