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Tooth enamel is a tough, mineralized outer layer covering your teeth. This thin, translucent layer covers the dentin, which protects the tooth pulp underneath, which houses a network of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When the tooth pulp is infected, a root canal can save the tooth.

While tooth enamel is literally the strongest tissue in your body—even stronger than your bones–it can also be harmed. This is why we urge you to practice excellent oral hygiene, including routine dental cleanings, to keep tooth decay from weakening the tooth and allowing infection to set in.

Our dentists may recommend root canal therapy for an infected or inflamed tooth for a variety of reasons, including deep decay in the tooth, if a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures, or if the affected tooth has sustained cracking, chipping, or even root fracture.

Don’t put off having a root canal done because you are afraid it might be painful. A root canal is designed to relieve pain while saving your tooth. And since an infected tooth may cause a persistent toothache, swelling in the gums or in the face or neck as well as sensitivity to temperature extremes, you don’t want to ignore it. Eventually, the untreated tooth pulp can die, supportive bone may be lost, and you can end up losing the tooth.

Our Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea team in Chelsea, Michigan, is here to help you maintain your healthy smile. Please call 734-475-8911 if you have any concerns about your oral health, or need to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Our dentists, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hansonand, look forward to saving your smile, one tooth at a time!