Root Canal Therapy in Rogersville
The teeth are made up of three layers of varying density and strength. The surface level enamel is extremely dense and durable. Below the enamel, is the dentin which is not as hard as enamel, but it provides support for the enamel and protection for the innermost layer. This central tooth layer is called pulp and the entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp. When decay or damage is able to access this layer, the result is a painful toothache. When this occurs, we use root canal therapy to relieve the pain and restore the tooth to its full form and function. Contact Rogersville Family Dentistry right away if you experience a toothache with sensitivity or changes in temperature. If diagnosed quickly enough, we are usually able to save the tooth with root canal therapy, but if root canal therapy is not treated quickly, we may need to recommend tooth extraction to protect surrounding teeth and dental structures.
While root canals have a bad reputation, they actually significantly improve the painful toothache that precedes them. The process is relatively simple. We drill a small hole through the top of the tooth to the pulp layer. Then, we remove the pulp and nerve tissue using a series of progressively larger files. Next, the extracted tissue is replaced with a similar, biocompatible substance called gutta percha. Finally, we reseal the access hole using a tooth-colored filling. In some cases, we’ll recommend placing a dental crown to protect the treated tooth from further decay or damage.