What You Should Know about Tooth Roots


Tooth roots are the lower parts of the teeth, situated below the crowns and taking up about twice as much space. Anchored in the jaw bones, tooth roots stabilize teeth throughout life. Here are some more things to know about the roots of teeth.

Tooth Roots Can Become Exposed

Because tooth roots are buried inside of the gums, they are not covered with protective enamel. This means that sensitivity and decay are significant risks if the tooth roots become exposed, such as after gum recession.

Loss of Tooth Roots Affects the Jaw Bones

When tooth loss occurs, a space is left in the jaw bone where the root was before. Leaving this hole open can result in the jaw bone shrinking and the nearby teeth shifting. By promptly replacing the root with a dental implant, these problems can be prevented.

Tissues Inside Tooth Roots Can Become Infected

Canals inside of tooth roots contain tissues that can be attacked by bacteria after trauma or severe decay. Root canal therapy, a common endodontic procedure, eliminates the infection so that the tooth and its natural roots can remain in the mouth.

Our office is fully equipped to care for tooth roots with a full range of endodontic care. To learn more about the tooth roots and available endodontic procedures, patients can schedule a consultation with our endodontist in San Francisco.

Steps in Root Canal Therapy

Steps in Root Canal TherapyThe pulp inside of a tooth can become infected as a result of extreme tooth decay or outside trauma, but if persistent pain develops within a tooth, prompt treatment from our expert in root canal therapy in Los Angeles is vital in saving the tooth. An infected root canal can cause a patient severe pain, and it could lead to the surrounding tissues becoming infected as well. If you display any of the symptoms of an infected root canal, come see our endodontists right away.

Our expert will begin the procedure by taking X-rays of your mouth in order to determine the location and severity of the infection. Once it is determined that you have infected tooth pulp, our dentist will anesthetize the area. Then our dentist will drill a hole through your tooth so that the infected pulp can be extracted. Once the pulp has been removed, the affected area will be cleaned and sealed off to prevent another infection from developing. If a majority of the tooth needed to be removed, our dentist may put a crown over your tooth in order to restore its function and appearance.

If you have any questions or concerns about the root canal treatment process, feel free to talk to our experts.