There are three layers of a natural tooth – the enamel, the dentin, and finally the pulp. Usually when bacteria invade and infect a tooth, and the caries is detected in a timely manner – the damage can be fixed with a tooth-coloured filling. This is in case the damage is only restricted to the first two layers. However, if treatment is delayed, the bacteria proceed to invade the third and innermost layer. The pulp houses the tooth’s nourishment and innervation supply in form of nerves and blood vessels. It is therefore highly sensitive, and when infected, can cause a great deal of pain to the patient.
In such cases, Root Canal Treatments are advised in order to save the tooth. The procedure involves the complete removal of the pulp from the dental chambers with the help of special endodontic tools known as ‘Files’. These files clean and shape the canals, after which they are filling with inert GP points (filling material for the roots). Once the treatment has been completed, a crown must be fabricated for the tooth to strengthen it, and to protect it from further damage. At Theresa Frank DDS, we ensure that our patients have a completely comfortable and painless experience by offering multiple sedation options. Give us a call today to learn more about Root Canal Treatments and how they save natural teeth.