What is Tooth Pulp?
If we study the anatomy of a tooth, we can divide it into several sections, from the top layer to the root. The tooth pulp is the third layer in a tooth, after enamel and dentin, that contains nerves. Since it is a sensitive part of the tooth, you may need timely assistance in case of tooth decay and other problems. At Peak Endodontics, Dr. Christopher Adams and Dr. Andrew Johnson can advise you with an oral hygiene plan to avoid tooth pulp problems.
Function of Tooth Pulp
The top layer of your teeth has a rigid structure due to the presence of minerals. These minerals play a crucial role in maintaining the strength of the tooth structure. If we cut through a tooth, we will explore a jelly-like layer containing connective tissues, blood vessels, and specialized cells.
The tooth pulp is the part of your tooth that is alive. It bridges the external layers (enamel and dentin) and the tooth's root. As the nutritional block of a tooth, the tooth pulp is responsible for creating dentin and providing nutrition to the outer layers.
Another essential role of the tooth pulp is maintaining the moist dentin structure by regulating the supply of albumin and fibrinogen. You might have sensed damage or infection to your tooth if you have dental health problems. While many may not know, the tooth pulp senses damage or infection to your tooth. It also senses the temperature and pressure changes in your tooth.
Difference Between Pulp Chamber and Root Canal
The tooth pulp in the hollow center of your tooth divides into two smaller parts: a pulp chamber and a root canal. The pulp chamber refers to the space in the tooth body that contains the tooth pulp. It adopts the shape of your tooth's crown.
The second part is the root canal. As the name speaks for itself, a root canal connects the tooth pulp to the tooth's root, making it a path of blood supply and healing infections through medication. The root canal extends down the root to serve as the primary link to connect blood vessels with the tooth.
Taking Care of Your Tooth Pulp
Neglecting tooth decay and infection problems can damage your tooth's pulp. Many dental patients overlook the importance of seeing a dentist for hot and cold issues. They rely on taking antibiotics or painkillers to resolve the problem. While it may be effective for some time, long-term use of medications to treat tooth pulp problems can damage it.
When tooth pulp receives significant damage, your tooth may lose its proper blood and nutrient supply, becoming weaker in structure. Besides using oral hygiene methods and fluoride-rich toothpaste, you may seek expert dental assistance to treat a persisting tooth problem.
Oral hygiene problems can lead to severe infections in the tooth pulp and root canal. We recommend using the prescribed oral hygiene products to avoid germ interactions. Oral infections can lead to bone grafting and tooth extraction procedures if neglected.