Every tooth consists of three different layers. From the outside, first, there is Enamel (the outer layer of the teeth which is the hardest part of the body). The second layer is Dentin (the inside hard layer) and then we have the Pulp (which is an empty 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 for example when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue.
Regardless of the reason for this contamination or damage to pulp tissue, the treatment is usually Root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected and dead tissue. Then space is disinfected and sealed with special materials.
Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and material and are more comfortable and faster. After root canal treatment is done your restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to protect it against fracture.
- You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for a few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
- Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
- Usually, a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth, do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
- Continue your brushing and flossing.
- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay on the placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.