MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Oral Hygiene is one of basic and the most important part of dental care. Being aware of the various treatments in dentistry can be the first step in improving one’s oral health. Nowadays, because of one’s bad eating habits and fast lifestyle many a time one may forget to keep a proper oral hygiene. For various reasons, one’s teeth can get damaged. One of the method that is used to save one’s tooth is by root canal treatment.
“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment. Before delving into what a root canal treatment is, let’s understand the structure of a simple tooth. The tooth has an outer layer which all of us know as the white enamel. Underneath the enamel, there is a hard layer called dentin and beneath that is a soft tissue called pulp. This soft tissue carries blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that helps the growth of the root of the tooth in its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp, as the tooth is nourished by the tissues surrounding it. “Root canal” is the cavity in the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that is inside the root canal.