After your adult teeth have forced your baby teeth out of their way, your goal is to hold onto those permanent teeth for life. If infection reaches your inner tooth, this goal risks compromise.
You may not think of your teeth as a lively part of your body, and that’s correct when it comes to their enamel coating—but within each of your tooth roots is a surprisingly vast, hard-working system comprised of nerves and blood vessels.
While the idea that baby teeth are less important than adult teeth because they’re temporary is still pervasive, it’s false. When baby teeth leave the mouth too soon, adult teeth shift before poking through, which can increase the probability of your child needing orthodontic treatment.
Root canals, pulpotomies, and pulpectomies are performed to remove dangerous infection and help keep teeth in your mouth. If you’re experiencing any signs of oral infection, you should contact us immediately. We are on-call after hours for emergencies, so there’s no need to wait.
Though root canals are a very common treatment because they have a high success rate, certain factors can inhibit their effectiveness and lead to a need for endodontic surgery. New or recurrent decay can cause them to fail, or calcified root canals, among other things.