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 blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that are responsible for forming the dentin and enamel during tooth development.
The pulp can become inflamed or infected if you have a large cavity, a fractured tooth or repeated dental procedures. Trauma can also cause inflammation. 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 inflamed or infected tissue. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials. Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster. After your root canal treatment is complete, your restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to safeguard against fracture.
If you live in or around Federal Way and have any questions about root canal treatment, give us a call today!