Although it's a good plan to try to avoid ever needing one, having a root canal in time can save your tooth, and eliminate discomfort. If you would like to learn more about the procedure, get in contact with your Brighton, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry.
Understanding the Anatomy of Your Tooth
A tooth is made up of layers, and the outermost one that encases it is called enamel. It's a very strong substance, the strongest in your entire body. But the majority of the tooth's structure is made up of the next layer called dentin. Both of these help to protect the soft inner center to which we refer to as the pulp of the tooth.
The pulp contains connective tissue which is linked to the rest of your body through narrow canals located on the roots of your tooth.
What Requires a Root Canal
The primary reason why a root canal may be required is when this soft center is threatened. This may be due to injury or decay. One of the most common telltale signs that something is wrong is the presence of pain, and it's what drives many of us to the dentist's office.
Trauma can chip or crack teeth deep enough that the inner pulp loses its protection. But the acids produced by bacteria can produce a similar effect, as they can wear away the protective enamel on our teeth.
Root Canals in Brighton, MI
A root canal is performed by first removing the infected structures on the tooth, and then creating access into the pulp so that it too can be removed, all the way through the root's canals, hence the name. This prevents decay from spreading and endangering the rest of your mouth and also relieves your pain. Because of how much of the tooth is lost, a crown is typically required to protect the tooth going forward.
If you are concerned you may need one don't put it off any longer, make an appointment today with Dr. Petersburg and Dr. Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, by dialing (810) 227-4224.