About Your Tooth

How We Treat Damaged Teeth

Illustration of tooth structureYour tooth consists of two main parts:

  1. the crown, which is that part of the tooth above the gum and visible in your mouth;
  2. the root or roots, which is that part of the tooth that lies beneath the gum and is surrounded by bone.

Inside each root is a channel that runs the length of the tooth. This channel is the root canal and contains the pulp (nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue), which is often referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth.

The pulp may be irreversibly damaged by bacteria associated with decay, very deep restorations, fractures, trauma, or periodontal disease.

In order to preserve a tooth in which this has occurred, it is necessary to remove the diseased pulp tissue. This procedure is known as endodontic therapy.

Since endodontic therapy is concerned with removing only the pulp from the root canal, the root will continue to function normally because the supporting tissues remain intact. It is advisable to remove the injured pulp because it may become infected or act as an irritant to the tissues surrounding the tooth.

Are you ready to smile with confidence again?

For close to 50 years, the compassionate and skilled team at Metro Endodontics has provided the Toronto and Scarborough communities with the highest quality of endodontics. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment!

Call us: 416.483.8800