Many words sound much scarier than they actually are. “Endodontics” is one of them. The word “endodontics” is made up of two Greek root words: “endo” (inside) and “odons” (tooth). If you are told that you need endodontic treatment, you do not need to be scared of what’s to come.
Endodontic treatment focuses on the inner chamber of a tooth that has become damaged or infected. Root canal therapy is the most common form of endodontic treatment. This invasive procedure is done to salvage the tooth’s outer structure to prevent tooth loss and relieve pain.
Every person on Earth only gets one set of permanent teeth, so these teeth need to be well taken care of in order for them to last a lifetime. Tooth enamel creates an airtight seal around the inner chambers of the tooth to protect it from decay-causing bacteria. When tooth enamel becomes compromised, it can be treated with dental fillings. However, if decay fully penetrates the enamel, it will infect the dentin layer of the tooth.
The dentin layer is where all of the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth reside. When an infection reaches this far into a tooth, extreme pain and sensitivity will become unbearable. Without endodontic treatment, the infection will spread to neighboring teeth, gums, and eventually the jawbone. This type of infection will not go away on its own, and it will only worsen and cause more pain.
Root canal therapy is a form of endodontic treatment that will help save your tooth and relieve you of your pain. During the procedure, the tooth will be anesthetized so that you will not feel anything. Once the tooth area is numb, the tooth’s inner pulp will be removed entirely to eliminate all infections. The tooth will be treated with a medication to prevent any future infection, and then the tooth will be filled with a rubber-like substance and finally topped with a custom dental crown.
If you have a painful tooth inside your mouth, do not ignore it. Contact Feather Touch Dental Care today to have your smile restored and your pain erased.
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