A tooth's root plays a vital role in anchoring the tooth and giving it nutrients. That is why you need to pay close attention when you brush and floss, as decay can spread to the root, which can lead to dental pain and a serious infection.
What Is the Purpose of a Tooth's Root and What Are Its Parts?
A tooth's root holds the tooth in place and extends into the jaw bone. It makes up about two-thirds of the tooth. Therefore, it is sectioned into several parts. The root canal is one of the parts, as it represents a passageway that holds the pulp. Cementum covers the root to keep it protected and links the root to the periodontal ligament. The periodontal ligament is made of collagen and connective tissue, which contain blood vessels and nerves. Both the periodontal ligament and cementum attach the tooth to its socket. The blood vessels supply nutrients to the periodontal ligament while the nerves control how hard you bite down when you chew. Also called the alveolar bone, the jaw bone contains the sockets of the teeth. It surrounds the tooth's root to keep the teeth in place.
What Is a Root Canal?
If you do not take proper care of your teeth by brushing and flossing each day, the decay can spread to the root's tip, which will lead to root canal surgery. When this happens, we take out the pulp and fill the root canal to preserve the tooth. Some roots have more than one canal. In this case, all the canals are filled to preserve the tooth. Afterwards, we place a crown on the tooth to protect it against further decay or infection. Another name for pulp removal is a pulpectomy. It is done when a patient has pulpitis and the pulp has become inflamed.
Do you have an abscess or need a root canal? If so, don't delay treatment because the infection can spread and become serious or even life-threatening. We can help you with your dental needs, whatever they may be. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.