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The tough, mineralized layer that covers your teeth is called your dental enamel. It’s a thin and translucent layer that covers the inner dentin, another layer that protects the inner tooth pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, and if it becomes infected, a root canal may be needed to save the tooth.

Despite tooth enamel being the strongest tissue in your body, stronger even than bones, it still susceptible to harm, which is why it’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Your regular dental care should include professional dental cleanings so that tooth decay can’t weaken the tooth and lead to a dental infection.

Dr. Chad Latino may recommend a root canal, also called root canal therapy, for many reasons, including to treat deep tooth decay, a tooth that has received several dental procedures, or a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or has a fractured root.

We encourage you to never delay receiving a root canal out of fear of pain. The purpose of root canal treatment is to reduce pain and save your tooth. Because an infected tooth can cause discomfort such as persistent pain; swelling in the gums, face, neck; and tooth sensitivity, it’s best to receive treatment quickly. If left untreated, tooth pulp can eventually die and supportive bone tissue lost, causing you to lose the tooth.

Chad Latino DDS PA in Waco, Texas, is here to help enjoy your healthy smile for life. We encourage you to call 254-230-0737 if you are interested in learning more about root canal treatment or are concerned about your oral health and would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist.