Let’s Break it Down
As we already mentioned, endodontics deals with the dental pulp of your teeth. Inside each tooth is a mass of pulp that holds nerves and blood vessels. Typically your teeth shield and protect the pulp, but issues like decay and trauma allow bacteria to seep into the affected teeth and cause infection, pain and sensitivity as the nerves are exposed. In more serious cases abscesses can also form.
What We Can Do
The pulp in your teeth plays an important role in the development of your teeth. It’s the pulp that helps develop the layers of protective dentin and enamel that keep your teeth strong and free of infection. However, once your teeth stop growing, you can actually live just fine without the pulp. This is where a root canal comes in. A root canal removes the pulp, which eliminates the nerves in the affected tooth. Without these nerves, the pain is gone. Once we finish the procedure, the infection will subside and the tooth can return to normal.
It’s important that you not only continue to brush and take care of your teeth, but also that you’re visiting your dentist for regular checkups. It’s these habits that will both prevent the need for a root canal, but will also catch problems that need Suffern endodontist care at Hudson Valley Endodontics early before too much damage is done to your teeth.