Has your dentist told you that you need root canal treatment? Every year millions of teeth are treated and saved by having a root canal, or other endodontic treatment. For more information on having a root canal contact Dr. Cook and Louisville Endodontics today!
In effort to help you better understand what a root canal procedure is, here is some information about the anatomy of the tooth. The tooth is made up of several layers beginning with the enamel. The dentin is the next layer which is hard, followed by soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
A root canal treatment removes the inflamed or infected pulp and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. The tooth is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterward a root canal is completed, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. Once a root canal is completed the tooth is able to function normally again.
A modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Dr. Cook and his staff will ensure you have a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.