Explaining Root Canal Therapy
At Sherwood Dental Dr Craig Duval and our team of dental professionals take every step possible to help save your natural teeth and avoid tooth extraction. At Sherwood Dental we believe in providing a positive experience for our patients, which is why we take extra care educating our patients and caring for their needs first and foremost. A root canal therapy procedure is carried out when the innermost part of the tooth, otherwise known as the tooth’s ‘pulp’, becomes extensively decayed or infected. If left untreated, the decaying tooth can begin to die which can ultimately result in the loss of the tooth. In order to save the tooth, the infected pulp will often require removal to prevent the formation of an abscess. In dental terms root canal therapy is known as ‘endodontics’.
At Sherwood Dental we treat patients from Sherwood and surrounding suburbs including; Graceville, Rocklea, Indooroopilly, Chelmer and Oxley. At Sherwood Dental we treat patients like family, which is why we often see patients travel from surrounding suburbs.
Each of your teeth is made up of:
Enamel: The hard and protective outer layer of your tooth.
Dentine: This material forms the core of the tooth and establishes the basic shape of the tooth which will support the enamel. It is softer than enamel however it is also harder than bone.
Pulp: Is the central part of the tooth and extends down the root canal of the tooth. This material contains the nerves and blood vessels.
What can damage your tooth’s pulp
Caries: If caries, otherwise known as ‘decay’, are left the infection can travel through the enamel and dentine down into the tooth’s pulp chamber.
Trauma: A severe knock or trauma can damage the pulp.
Severe Gum Disease: In the event that the gum becomes diseased it can detach itself from the tooth, creating a gap between the tooth and the gum. If this occurs bacteria can then become trapped, causing an infection which can infect the pulp.
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