Nov 7

Teeth Root Canal: What is It?

What is our tooth made of and what is teeth root canal?

A tooth consists of two parts – the first is the visible outer part known as the crown and the second is the root that anchors the crown that extends into the bone of the jaw. A tooth is composed of the enamel (hard outer coating), the dentin (soft material that supports the enamel), the cementum (hard material that coats the root), and the dental pulp (soft tissue at the center of the tooth). The space within the root of the tooth is known as the teeth root canal. This is where the nerve of the tooth lies. A teeth root canal system contains the dental pulp and this extends up to the root, so basically, a tooth can have more than one root canal depending on the anatomy of the tooth.  A tooth with a root canal is basically dead and it can be the living ground for bacteria, which can bring toxic elements to the blood and the body if not treated immediately.


What will happen to a person with teeth root canal?

Teeth root canal, when not treated immediately, may lead to a spreading of infections and complications. If no actions are taken, it may lead to the following:

  • Swelling
  • Bone loss (on the tip of the root)
  • Drainage may occur (in the gums, cheek, or skin)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases

Is there a need to take therapy for this?

The teeth’s root canal can be treated without undergoing a therapy as long as it is discovered early on and cleaned regularly to avoid infections and complications. Thus, there are cases wherein you possibly need a root canal treatment. When you have experienced things that are obviously not right happening to you, you need to consider therapy:

  • Tooth decay penetrates through the enamel and the dentin.
  • A tooth is infected and is already aching
  • Broken tooth because of nerve exposure
  • Slowly dying tooth

I don’t want therapy!

Though the term “therapy” is terrifying, but you do not need to worry too much. Most of the time, people don’t want to undergo a treatment or therapy because of the misconceptions associated with the word itself. Fortunately, here are the facts regarding teeth root canal therapy to help reduce your stress:

  • Root canal treatment is not painful since its function is to release and relieve the pain you currently feel because of infections.
  • Root canal treatment only lasts two to three hours and the number of sessions needed depends on how severe is the damage and how necessary is the treatment.
  • Root canal treatment might have some costs depending on your insurance plan but it is all worth it in the end!

Our teeth is one of the most important part of our body. We may not be able to do the things we regularly do when our tooth is aching. Hence, it should be taken with care all of the time. For additional questions or to schedule a Root canal treatment in Oakland, CA, contact us or visit our friendly office.

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