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When Does a Cracked Tooth Require a Root Canal

Posted on 1/30/2020 by City Smiles DC
When Does a Cracked Tooth Require a Root CanalWe probably all know someone who has had a root canal procedure performed on them. They may have even mentioned that it was quite painful.

Root canal procedures, while slightly painful, are necessary to promote good oral hygiene and health. If you have a chipped tooth, you may need a root canal.

Chipping a tooth doesn't necessarily mean you will need a root canal procedure; however, it may be necessary in some circumstance. In most cases, a chipped tooth can be treated by either using a crown or dental bonding. But if a chipped tooth is not taken care of promptly, you may need a root canal.

Additional Reasons For A Root Canal

The reason you may need a root canal following a chipped tooth is because of infection. Root canals are a procedure used to clear an infection in the pulp of a tooth. Below the tooth, there are a lot of nerve endings and soft tissue which can become infected due to poor dental hygiene. A chipped tooth makes a person susceptible to infection because properly cleaning a chipped tooth is more difficult than a healthy tooth.

As the bacteria on a chipped tooth eat away at its surface, they get closer and closer to the pulp of the tooth. Once the bacteria eat through the tooth, the tissue underneath the tooth can become infected. However, fixing a chipped tooth is easy in most cases. To save yourself from a root canal, a dentist can repair a chipped tooth with dental bonding.

If you have a chipped tooth and are worrying about having a root canal procedure, we can help you. Give us a call at our office, and we'll schedule an appointment to fix your chipped tooth. The dental bonding procedure is much less painful than having a root canal so act as soon as possible to avoid infection.
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