Your tooth consists of several parts that all promote its optimal function.
- Crown: The top part of the tooth, which lies above the gum and is visible in your mouth.
- Gumline: Where the tooth and gums meet.
- Root: The part of the tooth that lies beneath the gum and is surrounded by bone.
- Enamel: The outermost layer of the tooth that is the hardest and most mineralized tissue in the body.
- Dentin: The secondary layer of the tooth that shields the pulp.
- Pulp: The soft tissue found within the center of the tooth, where the nerve tissue and blood vessels reside.
The goal of proper endodontic dental care is to protect the innermost portions of the tooth, including the roots and the pulp.
It is possible for the pulp to become irreversibly damaged by bacteria. This type of damage may stem from deep decay, repeat dental procedures, fractures, trauma, or gum disease.
When bacteria enters the pulp, the pulp can become infected or inflamed. Since the nerves in the tooth are dying, the infected pulp must be removed.
Saving the Tooth
A damaged pulp must be removed before the tooth can be extracted entirely. Dr. Stubbs and his team can save your natural tooth with endodontic therapy.
Root canal therapy is the most common endodontic procedure, and it involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth. Dr. Stubbs will also clean out all bacteria from the roots to keep you safe from pain, tooth loss, and bodily infection.
After root canal therapy, your tooth and root will continue to function normally. Endodontic treatment is the only way to preserve the real tooth after damage to the pulp and roots.
Are you experiencing pain or sensitivity in a tooth? Would you like to learn more about the anatomy and function of your teeth? To schedule your appointment with our caring professionals, call Creekside Endodontics today.