Every tooth consists of three different layers. The outermost and hardest layer is enamel, and the second layer is dentin. The third is pulp, which is the cavernous space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located.
If for any reason the pulp space is exposed to the outside, the tissue becomes contaminated and eventually infected. The exposure of pulp happens in many circumstances, such as when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. In these cases, the treatment is usually root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected, dead tissue. Then the dentist disinfects the space and seals it with special materials. Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster. After root canal treatment is complete, the restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to safeguard against fracture.
We provide our patients in St. George and Santa Clara, UT with the most advanced technology in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants and much more. Visit our dentist office or call us to schedule your oral health evaluation exam. Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible for you and your family.