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If left untreated, disease or damage affecting your tooth could eventually affect the pulp. If this should occur, however, it may be possible to save the tooth with a root canal.

To learn more about root canals, read on:

– Root canals are used to remove damaged pulp in order to save a tooth.
– Although the pulp is the life-source of a tooth, it may be possible to increase the longevity of a tooth if the damaged pulp is removed with root canal therapy. Damaged teeth may be saved with root canals even if the pulp has been compromised
– With some dentistry procedures, including various cosmetic dentistry measures, small amounts of tooth enamel may have to be removed for the work to be done. But if too much enamel is lost over time due to damage or poor hygiene, it can expose the pulp to damage, which may require a root canal.
– Having too many procedures on a single tooth can be unsafe for your oral health.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with your teeth, please contact Derek C. Barnes, DMD for an exam by Dr. Derek C. Barnes and our team in Charlotte, North Carolina. Schedule your visit by calling us at 704-849-6700. We look forward to improving your smile!