Improve Your Oral Health with Meaningful Endodontic Therapy
Boston Center for Oral Health provides high-quality endodontic services to our patients in the Back Bay area. Patient comfort and health are our top priorities. Our advanced training, experience, state-of-the-art technology, innovative techniques, and modern anesthesia practices allow us to provide painless, expert root canals in a peaceful atmosphere. Every patient who walks into our office matters, and we will work with you individually to make sure each treatment meets your unique needs.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the study and treatment of dental pulp. Endodontic (root canal) therapy is necessary when the pulp of the tooth has become inflamed due to decay or disease, or when the pulp has been injured due to trauma. Because the pulp has lost its ability to heal itself, endodontic therapy should be accomplished as soon as a diagnosis has been made. Otherwise, serious conditions such as toothaches, increased infection of the tooth, gums and jawbones, or even tooth loss are likely to occur.
What is the pulp of the tooth and what purpose does it serve?
Tooth pulp is the most vital part of the tooth. It originates in the center of the tooth, underneath the enamel layer (the top layer) and the dentin layer (the second layer), in the pulp chamber. Tooth pulp is soft and consists of blood vessels, connective tissue, and large nerves. The pulp branches out and continues down each root through the canals of the tooth and stops just shy of the tip of the tooth.
The pulp has several important functions, including:
- Sensory function: Pain from trauma to the dentin and/or pulp, differences in temperature, and pressure are caused by stimulation of the pulp.
- Formation of dentin: The most important job of tooth pulp is to produce dentin, which is a calcified tissue that serves as the second layer of the tooth, supporting the enamel above it.
- Nourishment: The pulp contains blood vessels that keep blood flowing to help to prevent the tooth from becoming brittle by keeping it moisturized and nourished.