Root canals can be essential to your oral health. Some people may still think of them as painful, but modern technology has come a long way. Your Washington, DC dentists Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu can help you determine if a root canal is needed.
What's a root canal?
A tooth is composed of several layers. The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part. The layer under it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer. The third layer of the tooth is called the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is called cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, which causes pain. Your Washington, DC dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Why would I need a root canal?
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of advanced dental decay. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean, but plaque interacts with the foods you eat you have to deal with bacteria eating away at your teeth.
Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like sugary gum and soda can contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.
If you are dealing with dental pain, or if you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Washington, DC dentists Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu. Call (202) 496-0891.