As a leading specialist at Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics, Dr. Karen Gear is mainly concerned with treating the inside of a tooth. Treatments such as root canals and Microscopic root canal treatments are her specialty. To understand how root canals work, you need to be familiar with the structure of a tooth. Basically, there are three layers to a tooth: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer that consists of soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. This portion is the focus of most treatments at Martha’s Vineyard Endodontic. The pulp is important during the tooth’s development phase, but afterward serves no real purpose. Once the tooth has become fully mature, it can survive off the nourishment provided by surrounding tissues.
Treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This can result from a number of causes including decay or a cracked tooth. When this happens, bacteria can enter into the tooth pulp and cause infection. If this infection is left untreated, the infection will grow and cause the tooth to abscess.
During microscopic root canals, Dr. Gear will remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth before cleaning and shaping the inside of the canal. Then the space will be filled and sealed so that a crown can be placed over the tooth. Afterward, your tooth will become fully functional and act just like any other treatment.
After your endodontics treatment is completed, you will need to inform your general dentist so that a follow-up restoration can be completed. It is very rare for complications to arise after this type of root canal treatment. However, it can still happen. If you experience any problems as a result, do not hesitate to call Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics at any time.