- Tooth decay attacks the tooth, penetrates through the enamel and then the dentin, and eventually, into the pulp.
- A tooth has become infected from the decay.
- An injury like a chipped or broken tooth occurs and the nerve becomes exposed.
- A tooth is slowly dying, whether from age or past trauma and did not get the treatment needed at the time of injury.
Don’t be nervous if your dentist or endodontist tells you that you need a root canal procedure in order to treat a damaged or unhealthy tooth. Dentists treat and save millions of teeth this way each year. Again, root canals relieve pain and make teeth healthy again. Soft tissue called pulp is located underneath the white enamel and a hard layer (dentin). This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, and helps the root grow the root during development. When a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
If you have not received a dental checkup in over a year, it is time for you to come in for an appointment at Foothill Dental Care in Livermore. Teeth cleanings and oral check-ups are the best way you can help yourself disease from forming. Dentists are able to detect early signs of issues that can get worse in the long run. Call Foothill Dental Care to schedule an appointment today for any of your dental needs.