Teeth consist of three layers. The outside hardest layer is called the enamel. The second layer is called dentin, which supports the enamel and typically provides colour for your tooth, and the third layer is the pulp, which is the large space where the live tissue and nerve are located.
When the pulp is exposed to outside influences such as air, food debris, etc. due to a cavity or a fracture to the tooth, it becomes exposed and contaminated and the tissue can become damaged. When the tissue has been damaged, then typically a root canal treatment is recommended. A root canal is the process by which Dr. Rossi will go into the pulp space in your tooth to remove the dead or infected tissue, and then she will clean and disinfect the area and seal it with a material called Gutta Percha.
Should you need a root canal, we have all the equipment right in our office. We even accommodate emergency requests wherever possible, so you don't have to live with the pain any longer than absolutely necessary.
To learn more about root canals, please click here to view a short video, or visit our patient education section for a complete selection of available videos. It is always recommended that you discuss any procedure, questions or concerns that you may have with Dr. Rossi before having any work completed, to ensure that you are comfortable and have all the answers you need to feel confident in your decision.