Endodontics: The Secret To Saving Smiles
Endodontics or root canal therapy is dentistry that focuses on diseases and injuries of dental pulp, the soft tissues inside a tooth. Its purpose is to save a natural tooth and to relieve pain.
Did you know that more than 14 million teeth receive endodontic treatment each year? By choosing endodontic treatment, you are making the decision to keep your natural teeth, giving you the ability to chew, bite, speak, talk, and laugh with confidence for years to come.
Beneath the hard enamel exterior of your tooth, there is a canal that contains pulp – blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Because it does most of its work during tooth development, adult teeth are able to survive without pulp by drawing nutrients from surrounding tissues. That’s why, when tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected, often the choice of treatment includes removing the pulp and therefore the infection.
Reasons for infection and inflammation include:
- deep decay
- tooth cracks
When these things happen, you may experience severe pain, pain that becomes worse when you chew or bite, sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks, sore gums, discolored gums, and small pimple-like bumps on your gums.