Good day, Las Cruces! We know you value your smile and oral health, which is why you are visiting the continuing blog of Advanced Dental of Las Cruces. We want to make sure you understand how your teeth work, and how different dental procedures affect them.
In this blog, we take a look at roots of your teeth, and what they do to keep your smile in place.
The Value of the Root
Even though you never see it, at least if you are lucky, the roots of your teeth are doing a lot of work. The roots are what anchor your teeth into your jaw. Their hold is so secure that healthy teeth stay put no matter how vigorously you chew, which is a pretty amazing feat, considering how often you use your teeth. The key word here is “healthy”. Poor oral hygiene can lead to oral ailments that will loosen the grip of your root and cause you some pretty serious problems.
The root is different from the crown of your tooth in that it does not have a layer of enamel to protect it. But as long as your gums are healthy, they don’t need one because they are entirely enveloped in gum tissue and bone.
Whereas your crown’s main function is chewing food, which demands the protection of a super hard outer shell, your root’s main function is hold the tooth securely in place. So instead enamel, your root is covered with a material called cementum, and as the name implies, it functions to cement your tooth into your jaw. The cementum is joined to your jawbone by a thin layer of gum tissue, and as long as periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, does not infect your gum tissue, your tooth will have a secure fit.
In fact, your root’s hold is so secure that it is often worth saving your root even when the rest of your teeth has been ravaged by tooth decay. That is why a root canal can be very beneficial to your oral health.
A Root Canal from Advance Dental of Las Cruces
Although the root canal is a much maligned dental procedure that many people dread, one could very well save your smile. When your tooth has been invaded by dental caries that have made their way to the center of your tooth, infecting you pulp, a root canal is the only thing that has a chance of saving the majority of your tooth.
A root canal involves removing the infected pulp from the center of the tooth. The pulp contains the nerve endings, which have become infected, so once they are gone, you will no longer experience any pain in that tooth. We will remove all infected material from the tooth, ensuring all bacteria is gone. Then we will fill the tooth with a resin, sealing the root. In most cases, a ceramic crown will be placed over the remainder of the tooth above the gumline.
A root canal is preferable to an extraction because the natural root of your tooth will be a secure anchor for the crown, and it won’t leave a big hole in your jaw.
Sedation Dentistry in Las Cruces
Root canals have an unwarranted reputation as being very painful. This is just plain untrue, especially with the modern sedation options available at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces. We can provide local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and oral sedation to makes sure you have a pleasant and pain free experience at our office.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.