Glick & Woods Dentistry

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Caring for Your Bridge

Your bridge depends on the health of supporting teeth and gums. Always clean your bridge and the rest of your mouth carefully. Ask your dentist whether special cleaning aids for bridges would help you.

Understanding Root Canal: Overview

Most of us try to keep our teeth clean and looking nice. But we don't think much about what's inside our teeth-until something goes wrong. When problems develop inside a tooth, root canal therapy may be the only way to rescue it.

The parts of a tooth include:

  • The crown. This part of the tooth is above the gumline. It has a hard surface for biting and chewing.
  • The root. Below the gumline, the root anchors the tooth to the bone.
  • The pulp. The middle of the tooth (the pulp chamber) contains the pulp. This soft tissue is made up mainly of blood vessels and nerves.
  • The root canal. This is the pathway from the pulp chamber to the nerves and blood vessels in the jawbone.
The Whole Tooth
The Whole Tooth

Pulp Problems

Pulp problems most often occur when decay or an injury damages the tooth's crown, exposing the pulp. Once this happens, the pulp becomes inflamed. Bacteria in the mouth can infect and kill the pulp. The infection can then spread throughout the pulp chamber and the root canal. If it reaches the tip of the root, it can invade the bone and, in some cases, form an abscess (pocket of pus). If this process isn't stopped, it leads to bone and tooth loss.

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Choosing Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can save a tooth whose pulp has died. The earlier the tooth is treated, the less pain, trouble, and expense you'll face. And though many people believe that root canal therapy is painful, this is just a myth: The treatment rarely causes discomfort.

An Overview of Treatment

Root canal therapy consists of removing the inflamed or infected pulp. The first step is to make an opening in the crown. The dentist then cleans the pulp chamber and root canals. These spaces are later filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha, which acts as a permanent bandage. Finally, restoring the crown of the tooth protects the tooth from further damage or infection. The goals of treatment are to:

  • Relieve pain and other symptoms.
  • Stop any infection and prevent its spread.
  • Save the tooth from having to be extracted.

Risks and Complications

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success. If complications do occur, they are often minor and can be treated. Risks and possible complications include:

  • Pain or infection
  • Reaction to medication or anesthesia
  • Sore jaw joint and surrounding muscles
  • Separated (broken) instrument
  • Need for additional treatment, such as endodontic surgery

Glick & Woods Dentistry is Tullahoma’s most popular dental experience since 1985. Please call us at 931.455.3917 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to arrange your consultation.

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Dr. Glick

“I've been coming to Dr. Glick, Ace and Tina for many years. They are good!”

- C.D.

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Dr. Woods

“Great as always. Very smooth process. Great patient education. Awesome chair-side manner.”

- A.A.

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Meet your dentist KIM GLICK, DDS

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Meet your dentist LARRY WOODS, DDS

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