Teeth, gums, and enamel are generally recognized components of the mouth’s anatomy. But what about dental pulp? To many, dental pulp is an unfamiliar term. Taking it one step further, many have no idea the essential role dental pulp plays. It is such a vital aspect of the mouth’s anatomy that there is a dental specialty dedicated to this area. If you’re in need of treatment for damaged or decayed dental pulp, Dr. Burton Waxman and Dr. Lina Jarboe are highly recognized endodontists who provide root canal therapy in Ellicott City, MD.
Endodontists are dental care providers who work specifically on the inner tooth and by extension, dental pulp. Continue reading, or call Access Endodontics at 410.304.7226, to learn more about dental pulp and endodontics.
Why Is Dental Pulp Important?
Dental pulp refers to the connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and cells that comprise the center of each tooth. This part of your tooth is alive, so to speak, and acts as your mouth’s alarm system. When bacteria, inflammation, or decay reaches the dental pulp, you’ll experience pain and sensitivity. These responses alert you that something is wrong with the health of your tooth.
Keeping your dental pulp in good shape is crucial for maintaining oral hygiene and overall health. Unhealthy dental pulp can lead to serious issues for surrounding teeth and gums. Severe pain and significant tooth sensitivity will be noticeable when there is a compromised tooth.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty that focuses primarily on issues relating to the inner tooth and its dental pulp. An endodontist can:
- Assess the health of your dental pulp
- Evaluate your overall oral health
- Perform the appropriate procedures to resolve inner tooth issues
Several serious issues may arise when the dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed as an outcome of a broken or decayed tooth. A common procedure to treat inflamed dental pulp is a root canal. During a root canal, the unhealthy dental pulp is removed, then the chamber is sealed so that bacteria cannot re-enter.
What Could Affect the Health of Your Dental Pulp?
How exactly does dental pulp become unhealthy? There are a number of things that can affect your dental pulp. The following are just four of the most common causes of dental pulp issues:
A Broken or Chipped Tooth
When teeth are broken, chipped, or cracked, bacteria can enter the tooth and affect the dental pulp. This leads to infection and inflammation. When this occurs, root canal therapy may be necessary to remove the unhealthy dental pulp.
Tooth decay wreaks absolute havoc on the health of your dental pulp. When a tooth’s decay is severe, the tooth’s pulp will become compromised as well. This will lead to the need for a root canal to preserve not only your infected tooth, but the health of your gums and surrounding teeth.
Compression from Large Fillings
Over time, large fillings can compress the nerves and blood vessels contained in your dental pulp. This will lead to sensitivity and inflammation. Ultimately, the fillings may need to be removed, and a root canal may be necessary.
Poor Dental Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene can lead to issues like tooth decay and cavities, which will eventually affect your dental pulp. To keep your dental pulp healthy, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, if possible, floss morning and night, and rinse with a good mouthwash.
Root Canal Treatment for Unhealthy Dental Pulp at Access Endodontics
Dr. Burton Waxman and Dr. Lina Jarboe have years of experience in root canal therapy and can restore your oral health. With laser-assisted procedures and sedation options, we can provide the most efficient root canal treatment with quicker recovery and minimal pain. If you need endodontic services or want to learn more about our services, please contact Access Endodontics at 410.304.7226.