About Your Tooth

Tooth Structure

Tooth illustration showing crown and rootsYour tooth consists of two main parts:

  • The crown, which is that part of the tooth above the gum and visible in your mouth
  • 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.

For more information about Endodontic Treatment or to schedule a consult with Dr. Cloutier about your teeth, use our Request an Appointment form or call our office in San Antonio, TX at Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.

Save Your Teeth With Endodontic Treatment

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. Because 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.

Call our office for more information about your teeth, or to schedule a consult: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.