Are You in Need of a Root Canal?
If you have a toothache that will simply not go away you may already dread the words: root canal. From a young age, we are all taught to fear the procedure, sometimes subliminally by the media, we consume, sometimes less so. But if there is just one thing you take away from this, it's that you should not ignore tooth pain. Even if it doesn't warrant a root canal, pain is usually a sign that something has already gone wrong, and it won't improve without treatment. So to learn more contact your local Gillette, WY, dentist Dr. Daniel Morrison of Gillette Dental PC.
Anatomy of a Toothache
A tooth is protected by a hard outer shell, it is made out of the hardest substance in your whole body, enamel.
Beneath it is a more porous layer, but which makes up the majority of your tooth, which is called dentin. This encases the soft center of your tooth, the pulp, which is made of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
If you have ever seen a tooth on its own you will notice the long stems beneath what is actually visible above the gumline. This is what we call the root of the tooth, and along the root, the pulp connects through small canals inside it to the rest of your mouth and your body.
Hopefully, a picture is beginning to develop in your mind, as well as the reason for the origin of the term, root canal.
The problem starts when the enamel on your tooth is breached, either by trauma or decay. Although it is a very hard and tough substance enamel is still capable of breaking with enough force. After that, even a chip exposes the inside of your tooth to decay.
Speaking of decay, the bacteria in our mouths, in the form of plaque, can produce acids that over time will wear away the enamel and so infection can take hold.
If allowed to progress, this infection can cause a lot of pain, can threaten your tooth, and your whole mouth, and possibly your health altogether.
Root Canal in Gillette, WY
A root canal treatment removes the infected parts of the tooth along with the pulp, eliminating it all the way down through the canals down the root. One of the goals of the procedure is pain relief, so although you may experience some discomfort for a few days after, you will be sedated throughout and the whole experience is usually no different than having a large cavity filled.
Don't delay your relief any longer, make an appointment with Dr. Morrison of Gillette Dental PC in Gillette, WY, by dialing (307) 682-3353.