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Root canals are necessary because if the pulp of a tooth is infected, you could end up losing the entire tooth. The pulp of a tooth, which is a soft area within a tooth that contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and the nerve endings, can be removed and the tooth can be sealed for a lifetime’s worth of happiness. However, teeth that have undergone root canal therapy can still get cavities and gum disease.

One of the most likely causes of pulp infection is caused by deep cavities that have gone untreated and burrowed all the way down to the root of a tooth. If this occurs, a root canal must be used to save the tooth.

Another cause of pulp inflammation and damage is due to oral accidents and injuries. Oftentimes, an oral accident that has left you with cracked, chipped, fractured, or split teeth are especially vulnerable to pulp damage because bacteria can easily get to the root if the tooth enamel has been breached. Sometimes, the cracks and breaches cannot be seen in your teeth, but pulp infections can still occur.

If you require a root canal treatment, our dentist at Eagle Summit Dental Group can help you. Dr. Michael Sanders and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Eagle River, Alaska. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 907-694-8234. Our wonderful staff is here to help you get the smile you want.