Do you want to learn more about root canal treatment from your Cary, NC, dentist
American dentists perform about 15 million root canals each year, making it one of the most common dental procedures, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner and Dr. Joey Pesicek at Implant & General Dentistry can tell you more.
What's a root canal?
A tooth consists of several layers:
- The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part.
- The second layer is called dentin. It is a soft, yellow layer.
- The third layer contains the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- The last layer is called cementum. It anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
You need root canal treatment when bacteria infiltrates the enamel and dentin, eventually reaching the pulp. People feel severe pain because bacteria reaches the nerve-rich pulp. Your Cary, NC, dentist will removes the pulp, cleans and disinfects the canals, and then seals them to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
The ultimate purpose of root canal treatment is to protect natural teeth and avoid tooth extraction. The main reason for people needing root canal therapy is because of poor dental hygiene.
Root canal therapy helps with the following:
Relieve discomfort and toothaches
Maintains the integrity of your natural teeth
It's a highly effective procedure that meaning that prevents tooth loss and strengthens teeth over time
Brush and floss daily, and avoid eating sugary foods and drinks, like taffy gum and soda. Opt for healthy foods like apples and constantly drink water to wash away food debris.
Do you need a consultation?
Are you suffering from dental pain? Do you need help eradicating it? Root canal treatment could be the solution. Call Dr. Wilkie, Dr. Turner and Dr. Pesicek at Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, for more information. Call 919-481-0330 today!