Since our teeth don’t grow like hair or fingernails, and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that they are alive. At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we can attest that they most certainly are: veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth.
When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. We can complete root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if necessary. In a root canal, the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. Then it is sealed and capped with a crown.
Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words makes a lot of people uneasy, because they’re associated with pain. But root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.
How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? The tip-off that something is wrong may be as ordinary as a toothache. But that ache is telling you something, so if you have a toothache don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.