You only get one set of adult teeth, so if you want them to last, you need to take necessary steps to protect them from the inside out.
Endodontics can help you do this. Keep reading to learn more.
What is each tooth made of?
Each tooth inside your mouth is made up of multiple parts. These parts work together to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Each tooth can be divided into the crown and the root. The crown is visible above the gumline and the root is the narrower section below the gumline that connects to your jaw. The crown and root both contain enamel, dentin, and dental pulp.
The enamel is the hard, white outer coating on your teeth. It protects the layers underneath.
The dentin is under the enamel. It makes up a larger portion of the tooth, but it is slightly softer and less while than the enamel.
At the core of the tooth is the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. When the dental pulp is healthy, it can help provide nourishment to the tooth, but if it gets inflamed or infected, it can cause serious and lasting damage. Endodontics is a field of dentistry that specializes in treating dental pulp and correcting problems before they result in long term damage or tooth loss.
Endodontic Procedures That Protect And Save Your Teeth
If your adult tooth has to be extracted for any reason, it will never grow back. Having a missing tooth can interfere with daily tasks like eating, talking, and drinking. Gaps in your smile can also detract from your appearance and lead to other dental problems in the future.
While extracted teeth can be replaced with artificial crowns and other cosmetic solutions, replacement teeth will never be as strong as the original. That is why endodontic specialists make every effort to save the original tooth.
Common endodontic procedures include protecting cracked teeth before the inside layers get damaged, root canal therapy to remove infected pulp, and apicoectomy to remove infected tissues including damaged dental roots.
To learn more about endodontics, schedule an appointment with Moberi Dental Specialists.
Posted on 02/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM