It can be a challenge to find a dentist near you who performs the oral surgery themselves for endodontic treatments. When you have a tooth that is throbbing and in pain, going to a dentist just to be referred to another for the actual surgical treatment means you are in pain longer. For patients seeking oral surgery in the Sunnyvale, California area, Todd S. Adams DDS is your best option. Dr. Adams provides endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, to his patients. This invasive procedure is necessary when the dental pulp inside a tooth becomes infected and needs to be removed. Let’s learn about the tooth’s pulp and why it may become infected.
The pulp of your tooth is located at its core. It is a gelatinous substance and consists of the tooth’s nerves, arteries, and veins. It is, essentially, the “heart” of the tooth, and its primary role is the transportation of blood to the tooth’s root. The tooth’s dentin protects the pulp of a tooth, and the dentin is protected by the thin outer layer of the tooth called enamel. Protecting the pulp of a tooth is critical to the tooth’s health.
As was just mentioned, the tooth’s pulp needs to remain protected. The enamel and dentin of a tooth do a great job at this, but several situations can result in the pulp chamber being either breached or infected, leading to damage to the pulp. When a tooth’s pulp becomes swollen or inflamed due to infection, it is called pulpitis. Here are some common dental issues which could leave the pulp of a tooth vulnerable:
When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected, a root canal will be required to remove the infected matter. A crown will often be put into place to protect the compromised tooth. If you are looking for a dentist in the Sunnyvale, California area, please contact Dr. Todd Adams today by dialing (408) 355-9292.
Dr Todd Adams is passionate on providing the highest quality of personalized care at his practice in Sunnyvale, CA. He takes pride in creating beautiful smiles, and keeping his patients of all ages happy with healthy teeth and gums.
A graduate from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dr Adams then completed his Post-Baccalaureate studies at San Francisco State University. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.