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Are you currently experiencing an aching tooth? While it is the strongest substance in your body, your tooth enamel can still be vulnerable to damage. Enamel is a thin, tough outer layer covering the dentin and your tooth pulp below it. This pulp houses the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

To guard against the ravages of tooth decay, our Nasson Rodriguez team in New Orleans, Louisiana, encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings. To protect your teeth against injury, we also encourage wearing a sports mouth guard while playing contact sports and high-risk recreational activities.

Still, if a tooth is in trouble and needs a root canal to save it, take heart. If you don’t treat the ailing tooth, the tooth pulp may die, you may incur bone loss, and eventually even the loss of the tooth. A root canal can prevent all of that! Your dentist will recommend a root canal to relieve tooth pain, and with the use of modern tools and anesthesia, it is not much different than having a dental filling placed.

So what can cause a tooth to require intervention? The most common need for a root canal includes:

— Deep decay in the tooth.

— If a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures.

— Severe cracking, chipping, or root fracture allowing bacteria to set in.

You may have an infected tooth if you have any of the following:

— A hole in a tooth

— Tooth pain or a persistent toothache

— Swelling gums

— Sensitivity to temperature extremes

— Swelling in your face or neck

So if you have been avoiding a recommended root canal, remember, they are performed to relieve you of tooth pain and to save your tooth. We always try to save a tooth whenever possible.

At the dental practice of Dr. Nasson Rodriguez serving patients in New Orleans, Louisiana, we look forward to relieving your tooth pain in the healthiest way possible. Please call us at 504-364-1333 if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with our dental team.