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Root Canal TreatmentRoot canal treatment refers to the treatment of the inner aspects of a tooth, specifically that area inside a tooth originally occupied by the tooth’s “pulp tissue”.
Most people would probably refer to a tooth’s pulp tissue as its “nerve”. While a tooth’s pulp tissue does contain nerve fibers it is also composed of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue.

For the purposes of this discussion, so to use a term people seem to be most familiar with, we will use the terms “nerve” and “nerve tissue” to refer to a tooth’s pulp tissue.

You might think that a tooth’s nerve tissue is vitally important to a tooth’s health and function, but in reality it’s not. A tooth’s nerve tissue plays an important role in the growth and development of the tooth, but once the tooth has erupted through the gums and has finished maturing the nerve’s only function is sensory (it provides the tooth with the ability to feel hot and cold).

See the following for more information:

Where precisely in a tooth is its nerve?

While teeth are hard calcified objects, they are not completely solid. In the inner most aspect of every tooth there lies a hollow space which, when a tooth is healthy, contains the tooth’s nerve tissue. Dentists use the following terms to refer to various portions of this nerve area: The pulp …

What are the functions of nerve tissues?

You might think that a tooth’s nerve tissue is vitally important to a tooth’s health and function, but in reality it’s not. A tooth’s nerve tissue plays an important role in the growth and development of the tooth, but once the tooth has erupted through the gums and has finished maturing …

What is the purpose of root canal treatment?

Our bodies, as a defence mechanism, will initiate an “inflammation reaction” when irritants (such as those seeping out of a problematic tooth) have injured or destroyed body tissues. If incorporating the term “inflammation” into our description we would then say, root canal treatment is the treatment of the inner aspects of …

How does root canal treatment accomplish this goal?

In a nutshell, the process of root canal treatment first removes (as thoroughly as possible) bacteria, nerve tissue, the organic debris left over from the breakdown of nerve tissue, and bacterial toxins out from within the inner aspects of a tooth (the area originally occupied by the tooth’s nerve tissue). All …

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