Sunday, April 19, 2009

Root canal treatment

Saw a nice picture and writeup on rootcanal in Wikipedia. Thought it will be nice to share the info:

A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root.

The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. There may be one or two main canals within each root. Some teeth have more variable internal anatomy than others. This space is filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue which forms the dentin portion of the tooth.

The formation of secondary teeth (adult teeth) is completed by 1-2 years after eruption into the mouth. Once the tooth has reached its final size and shape, the dental pulp's original function ceases for all practical purposes. It takes on a secondary role as a sensory organ.

Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled.


Cindi said...

I really like this blog. I've been reading up on taking care of my kids teeth better. I enjoyed reading about the root canal treatment. Well, enjoyed might not be the word. It definitely makes me want to make sure and take care of mine and my kids teeth the best possible way so none of us end up with a root canal treatment! I wanted to pass along this Mom's Guide to caring for kids teeth. It has great ideas on how to keep their teeth healthy & even make brushing fun for them. I hope you enjoy it too.

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