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Do you know what is the hardest substance in the human body? If you said tooth enamel, you are correct! While tooth enamel the strongest tissue in the human body, it can still be vulnerable to injury.

Your tooth enamel is a thin, translucent layer which covers and protects the dentin below it, as well as sheltering the tooth pulp beneath the dentin. This pulp houses the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When infected, you may require a root canal to save the damaged tooth.

Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader may recommend a root canal for an infected tooth which has the following issues:

— Deep decay in the tooth.

— If a tooth has deteriorated after repeated dental procedures.

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

Indications that you may have an infected tooth include:

–If you have hole in a tooth.

–Tooth pain or a persistent toothache.

–Swelling gums or swelling in your face or neck.

–Sensitivity to temperature extremes.

You don’t want to ignore an infected tooth because it will only deteriorate. Left untreated, the tooth pulp may die, surrounding bone may be lost, and you may end up losing the tooth. A root canal will relieve you of tooth pain and save your tooth!

To prevent tooth decay and injury to your pearly whites, our Oakmont Family Dentists team in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing along with regular professional dental cleanings. We also encourage wearing a protective mouth guard while playing contact sports and engaging in high-risk recreational activities.

We invite you to call 412-828-3311 if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, or to schedule a visit with our team. Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, look forward to providing you with a healthy, confident smile!