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The Root of Everything – The Guide to Your Tooth Posted on September 24, 2018

Healthy smiles for healthy lifestyles.

There is a saying, “It’s what’s inside that counts.” Doctor Semashko, one of Wexford’s esteemed Endodontist’s will second that! You’re smile is the first thing people see. And while we tend to focus on keeping a bright, shiny set of pearly-whites, we may not always consider, or maybe even realize, why maintaining the insides of our teeth are so important.

You may have never thought about it, but chewing your food is the first step in the very crucial, life-sustaining process of digestion.  It’s your teeth that sound the alert digestion has begun. Endodontics of Cranberry is diving into the depths of your mouth, to explain better why healthy teeth and gums are important to your overall health and wellbeing.

The Anatomy of a Tooth

Each tooth is made of two parts, the crown, and the rootTooth Anatomy. Let’s start with the crown.

The crown of the tooth is what you see when you smile. It’s made up of a visible, outermost layer called the enamel. The enamel is a hardened, or calcified, substance. Unlike your skin which is made up of cells that regenerate and repair themselves, once your enamel is gone – it’s gone. For this reason, dentists push for good dental hygiene. If you aren’t flossing and brushing regularly or you’re consuming a diet filled with sugary and acidic foods and beverages, your enamel wears down creating exposure to the dentin, a subcategory of your crown.

Dentin is a bone-like tissue protected by the outermost layer of the crown, the enamel. Think of the enamel like the skin of an apple, whereas the dentin would be the flesh. The dentin is connected to the core of the tooth, which is why you can feel temperature in your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon, but if your decaying enamel leaves too much of the dentin exposed, your dental pulp chamber will let you know that something is really wrong.

The dental pulp chamber is where pain sensation come from. It’s made up of blood vessels and nerves that act as pain receptors. If you’re in pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment to see your dentist! If left untreated, the pain will work its way down into the root, causing further damage to the inside of your tooth. At this time, you may begin to experience pain throw-out your jaw.

This is where WE come in!

Endodontists help patients take care of their roots! The roots are made up of teeny-tiny periodontal ligaments that fit snug within your gum tissue, connecting your teeth to your jaw. Simply put, healthy gums and roots keep your teeth from falling out! If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, which are far more complicated than they lead on, it could lead to the decay of your tooth and root causing a very pronounced and painful experience. You may then require endodontic therapy or root canal surgery.

There is simply no escaping the pain of a decaying or damaged tooth. In order to keep up with healthy digestion, you have to have a healthy mouth to chew your food! If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t delay! Schedule an appoint with Endodontics of Cranberry at 724-452-7080! As you can see it, really is what’s inside that count!