During your life-long journey of oral healthcare, there may be times when you need a little help to keep all of your pearly whites healthy and secure in your mouth. At Victus Dental, we are proud to partner with you so that you can have the best care available.
There are multiple layers to the tooth, and we’ve made sure we are experts in how to best care for every single one of them. The top layer is the enamel, which acts as your first line of defense. The enamel is a hard layer of tissue that protects your teeth during everyday activities like biting and chewing. Though this layer consists of the hardest tissue that exists on your body, it can still crack and wear down.
Underneath the enamel layer is the dentin, a yellowish material containing tubes that branch out from the pulp underneath. This layer gives the tooth its shape and is much more prone to damage than the enamel if exposed. Dentin surrounds the layer of concern to endodontists, the pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue at the center of the tooth that houses cells, blood vessels, and connection to your nerves. This layer is the only layer that is alive and is crucial to keeping your teeth functioning and healthy.
Endodontic services are necessary when the soft tissue, or pulp, is infected or inflamed. There are multiple things that can cause these problems such as decay that has reached the root from a cavity or a cracked tooth that has agitated the pulp. It’s crucial that these conditions are tended to, or they can have unwanted consequences.
No one likes consistent toothaches, so as daunting as a root canal may sound, it is often the best choice for your long-term wellbeing. This is one of the most common dental procedures and has been perfected at our office for your comfort and convenience. Common warning signs of a tooth that may need a root canal are extreme sensitivity to hot and cold. The pulp acts as a warning system, so intense tooth pain may be your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong with this portion of the tooth.
As stated before, a root canal may be necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or irritated. While the pulp may be the lifeblood of the tooth, a fully grown tooth can survive without it. In fact, it’s better to have no pulp than an infected pulp sitting in your tooth.
During a root canal, you will receive anesthesia so that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort. We then isolate the infected tooth and drill a hole down to the pulp. From there, any diseased pulp or tissue is removed from the tooth to prevent further infection and pain.
After the infected pulp and tissue are removed, we can’t leave a hole in your tooth leading down to the most sensitive area. To fix this, we fill the open space with a filling and add a crown to cap the tooth.
If well taken care of, your repaired tooth should be fine long-term. Root canals are really important because the goal of endodontic services is to save your natural teeth. While science has come a long way and created magnificent artificial teeth, the best tooth is the one you grew yourself. We want to make it possible to enjoy your natural teeth without suffering the pain and discomfort of infection.
Posts are another crucial component in helping preserve natural teeth while making them stronger. Posts act as a reinforcer because they stabilize your tooth after you undergo a root canal procedure.
They echo the function of implants in the way that they secure and stabilize teeth. However, instead of being used to secure artificial teeth, posts are intended to assist your natural teeth.
After a root canal, your teeth may need a little help to remain strong and properly shaped. This is why posts are placed in the middle of a tooth and then covered with a crown.