Teeth: more than meets the eye
Looking at a tooth, we may envision a solid structure of enamel. What we see, however, is just an outer shell, a protective layer that lies over softer tooth material. Beneath enamel is dentin, which is much softer in comparison. Dentin is the predominant material in each tooth. In this structure are thousands of tiny tubules responsible for the transmission of sensations, such as heat and cold. At a tooth’s center are pulp tissue, vessels, connective tissues, and the root nerve.
Identifying problems may be easier than you think
Our teeth are actually very good at communicating their overall state of health. If sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or to sweets occurs, you can be certain that there is a problem lurking somewhere in the teeth or gums. The earlier care for slight discomfort can be scheduled, the less likely it is you will require root canal therapy at all. When infection is not treated, the tooth will eventually die and may be lost.
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Pain and infection can be eliminated with root canal therapy
The perception that most people have about root canal therapy is that the procedure is very uncomfortable. The opposite is actually true. When you visit the dentist for a filling, you don’t expect it to be painful. Root canal therapy is no different!