What does "Kill the nerve of the tooth" mean?

Endodontics is a discipline of dentistry that involves treating the inside of the tooth. Indeed, each dental piece has inside spaces that run from the crown or part that protrudes from the gum to the end of the root or roots, reports the College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Alicante (COEA).


In that internal space resides the famous "nerve" of the tooth, although that appellation is not entirely correct. Inside the tooth, in the pulp space, lies the dental pulp.


Dental pulp: "self protection" for our teeth

The dental pulp is a network of nerve fibers and blood capillaries that keeps nourished cells that reside in the dentine gaps.


Like any cell, odontoblasts require blood to reach them, and this nutrition is done through the dental pulp. In addition, odontoblasts inform the brain of whether something is too cold or too hot. This information is done through the nerve fibers of the dental pulp.


It is a method of protection after all that our teeth have so that we can "measure" the temperature of the food or drinks we eat.


Dental Caries: When a filling and when a root canal?

Dental caries is a hard dental tissue injury. A succession of bacteria, which adhere, first, and penetrate, second, are the cause of it.


The bacteria that adhere are the key to the formation of cavities and most of the preventive methods that exist are focused on fighting these bacteria.


The main method to fight tooth decay, and the most effective too, is tooth brushing, by which we sweep those bacteria to "detach" them from the surface of the tooth.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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