People often wonder, “How does a tooth get to the point of infection?”
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It’s a common misconception that teeth are not alive. That belief leads to confusion about how teeth become infected. Because you can’t “feel” the part that you can see (the crown), many people think that their teeth are not alive. Yet, the opposite is true. Most of the material that makes up your teeth are, in fact, made of living cells. Since the material is alive, it makes a great hosting site for bacterial infection! drdavidtyturbyfill.com
Similar to hair and fingernails, there is a part of your teeth that is not alive – it is the outermost part, called “enamel.” This is the hard, white part that you can see. It is made of calcium phosphate, a very hard mineral that is perfect for breaking down food when you eat. Underneath that enamel, however, is where all of the live action happens! drdavidturbyfill.com
Starting on the outside and working our way in, we find dentin (alive), and then the pulp cavity and root canal, through which nerves and blood vessels flow.
Generally speaking, if the enamel is intact, bacteria cannot get through to the pulp to cause problems. However, if there is a crack in the outer part of the tooth due to injury or decay, this creates a pathway for bacteria to enter into the innermost part of the tooth (the pulp cavity and canal) causing infection of the living tissue. davidturbyfilloralsurgeon.com
That is when endodontic treatment becomes essential! The only way to remove the infected material is manual, by accessing the canal itself, irrigating and then filling, or closing off access, to the inside of the tooth again.
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