Teeth consist of three layers. The outside hardest layer is called the enamel. The second layer is called dentin, which supports the enamel and typically provides colour for your tooth, and the third layer is the pulp, which is the large space where the live tissue and nerve are located.
When the pulp is exposed to outside influences such as air, food debris, etc. due to a cavity or a fracture to the tooth, it becomes exposed and contaminated and the tissue can become damaged. When the tissue has been damaged, then typically a root canal treatment is recommended. A root canal is the process by which Dr. Rossi will go into the pulp space in your tooth to remove the dead or infected tissue, and then she will clean and disinfect the area and seal it with a material called Gutta Percha.
Thanks to recent advancements in techniques and materials, root canals are far more comfortable and faster to complete. Once the procedure is concluded, we will also discuss options such as placing a crown on your tooth to safeguard the remainder of your tooth from fracture or further decay.