Since our teeth don’t grow and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. With serious infections, root canal therapy may be in order. We perform them at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.
Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy. Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow problems? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.
Root canal therapy can save a dead tooth. During root canal the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.
The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and functional crown.
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