Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the study and treatment of dental pulp, which is the tissue at the center of a tooth.
Teeth consist of several layers of tissue, and each layer performs different functions. The tough enamel exterior of a tooth helps grind up food for digestion, and it protects the inner layers from damage. Deep inside the tooth is the root canal and pulp chamber, which house nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue to keep the tooth alive. Between the root canal and the enamel is dentin, which supports the enamel and transmits messages about temperature from the enamel to the pulp.
The blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue in the pulp support the growth of the tooth root during the tooth’s development. A fully developed tooth receives nourishment from nearby tissues, so it can survive without the pulp.
A broken tooth or a cavity can expose the pulp and allow bacteria to infect the tissues inside the pulp chamber. Inflammation and infection can injure the pulp. Left untreated, the pulp can die, which means the tooth can die too. In many cases, endodontic treatment can save a diseased tooth.
Endodontists are dentists that specialize in diagnosing and treating problems affecting dental pulp. These dental professionals receive years of additional training in endodontics that prepares them to perform special procedures, such as diagnosing tooth pain and doing root canal procedures.
Root canal treatment focuses on eliminating bacteria from the infected pulp chamber. During this procedure, an endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp before carefully cleaning, disinfecting, filling then sealing the inside of the tooth. The root canal treatment relieves pain, stops infection and inflammation, and saves the tooth.
Endodontic treatment provides a number of benefits, including:
Efficient chewing with normal biting force and sensation
Protection of other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Modern endodontics is very similar to conventional fillings. It is a relatively painless procedure that can be completed in as little as one or two appointments, depending on the condition of the tooth and other factors.
For more information about endodontics, contact Roc Doc Dentistry. Our Bakersfield endodontist can help you determine if endodontic treatment is right for you.
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