This is the hollow space inside of a tooth that is filled with dental pulp. Pulp is a soft tissue that nourishes and hydrates the tooth to keep it from cracking from chewing hard foods. Pulp also translates the sensation of hot and cold to the nerves. This pulp channel follows down to the root of the tooth where it connects with the jaw.
Root canal is also a term for an oral surgery called endodontic therapy. This procedure cleans out the pulp, disinfects the pulp chamber and fills it. This treatment is recommended for people who experience chronic tooth pain.
Most people get a 3rd and final set of molars called Wisdom Teeth in their later teens to early twenties. If you are lucky your wisdom teeth will come in and give your mouth a full set of teeth, but for most, wisdom teeth come through misaligned and need to be taken out. Some people are really lucky and don’t have wisdom teeth at all.
Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are trapped in-between the soft tissue and the jaw bone. If the tooth only breaks through the gum partially it exposes the gum to bacteria and infection.
Your dentist can show you if you have wisdom teeth and where they are located with an x-ray image. A dentist may also recommend to have the wisdom teeth removed before they become a problem. Oral surgery is required to remove wisdom teeth. Recovery time varies depending on the position of the teeth to be extracted and the age of the patient.
A local anesthetic is used, but you may want to request a strong sedative if you have anxiety about the procedure.
The patient will most like experience facial swelling around where the teeth were pulled. Pain medication may be taken like Tylenol, but stronger pain relievers may be prescribed by your dentist or surgeon. Recovery may take a few days.