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If you have suffered an oral accident or injury, check to ensure your tooth enamel on any teeth that were not knocked out is intact. If the tooth enamel is damaged, it must be repaired immediately. However, if the pulp on the inside is already damaged, it must be removed in order to save the tooth from an extraction. Here are some basic guidelines concerning root canals:

– Oral accidents and injuries are a part of life, and if you do happen to suffer an accident that damages a tooth, it may still be possible to save it, even if the tooth has been fractured. However, there is often a strong chance that the pulp is damaged too, which would require root canal therapy.
– In some cases, constant wear and tear on teeth from dental erosion or even other dental procedures can expose the root of the tooth to outside sources. If bacteria from the outside enters the pulp and infects it, the tooth will need a root canal.
– If the pulp in a tooth is damaged or infected, it will need to be treated as soon as possible with a root canal treatment if there is any hope of saving a tooth.

We are here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Michael Mullen and our team at our dentist office in El Paso, Texas, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 915-593-1900. We look forward to helping you smile.