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Do you have achy teeth? Do you experience sensitivity to tough, spicy or hot foods? If yes, you may need to come into our office for an oral examination, and depending on what we find, we may recommend a root canal operation. Learn a tiny bit more about when root canals are needed by reading on below.

Inside every tooth, there is soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves. This is referred to as pulp, and it provides nourishment for teeth. Unfortunately, the pulp can get infected. This infection can be caused by deep cavities, a split or broken tooth or other damage to the tooth that goes unnoticed.

When this infection is untreated, it can extend to the root of the tooth. This causes swelling and abscess formation, sometimes evolving in a long way as the bone surrounding the root. Since bacteria can harm the bone, this infection may cause complete tooth loss as teeth lose their attachment to the jaw. In these instances, a root canal may be performed to save the tooth so it won’t need to be removed entirely.

Dial 916-915-5108 now to plan your next checkup with Dr. Keven R. Mills at the Granite Bay, California, practice of Keven R. Mills, DDS. Please don’t wait to call with any questions you have.