When you open your mouth, you see teeth, right? Your teeth are critical components of your body that make it easier to eat, digest food, and speak—not to mention look gorgeous when they sparkle every time you smile. But have you ever thought of what really makes up a tooth, the true inner and outer workings of a tooth? Or even what’s really happening when a tooth becomes infected with decay. Why is it so important to correct and how does your dentist in Selden save your tooth from decay? The dental practice of Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino wants you to understand what’s really going on in your mouth from root to crown.
What makes up a tooth?
Teeth are simply made of two parts: the crown (visible above the gum line) and the root (protected below the gum line). Both parts are equally important. The root is what anchors the rest of your tooth to your jaw within its socket. Tooth roots stay strong from constant blood flow and keep the pulp (nerve endings) in your tooth healthy.
The crown of your tooth is made up of enamel (most outer layer) and dentine (the bulk of your tooth). Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, designed to protect the inner workings of your teeth. When enamel starts to thin or become damaged, the dentine will become sensitive. This is basically the first warning sign that your tooth is starting to decay.
What happens when teeth decay?
Even with the best dental care, teeth can decay. If you notice any sensitivity to hot, cold, or extremely sweet foods your enamel may be wearing on your teeth. Dangerous bacteria are then attacking the dentine layer of your tooth. If you avoid visiting your dentist during the first signs of tooth decay, you could soon be in extreme pain from an infected tooth root! Before you know it, you’ll be frantically google searching for an “emergency dentist near me” because of the severe tooth pain.
How can a root canal help?
The point of a root canal is to save a decaying tooth from dying and falling out. This leaves the rest of your mouth susceptible to the spread of infection and more tooth loss. Contrary to the rumors, root canals are very similar to having a painless routine filling. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment with the help of anesthetics and safe pain medications.
During your procedure, Dr. Scotto-Lavino will remove the inflamed root of your tooth. This is done by accessing the inside of your tooth with small files that can gently reach the intricate crevices within your tooth. All signs of infection and debris will be cleaned out. Your dentist will fill the inside of your tooth with a safe, rubber-like dental material to avoid future infections from taking place. We will then seal your tooth and cap it with a tooth-colored dental crown to protect and re-stabilize it, gaining your natural tooth’s functionality, strength, and aesthetic once again. An extra plus: you’ll ever have to worry about tooth decay or cavities in that tooth anymore!
You can trust our office to put your wellbeing first. Contact Dr. Scotto-Lavino to schedule an appointment to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. If we spot any issues, we can address them immediately and develop the best treatment plan for you.