Acerca de su diente

Tooth illustrationEl diente consta de dos partes principales: la corona, que es la parte del diente sobre la encía y visible en la boca; y la raíz o raíces, que es la parte del diente que se encuentra debajo de la encía y está rodeado por hueso. 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, fracturas, trauma, or periodontal disease.

In order to preserve a tooth in which this has occurred, it is necessary to remove the diseased pulp tissue. Este procedimiento se conoce como terapia de endodontic. 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.