How Your Florissant Dentist Can Help

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At the practice of Paul S. Herrin, DDS, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of quality dental services and treatments. From tooth fillings to dental implants, we’ll be glad to assist you with the dentistry services that you need to help give you a healthier mouth. While we pride ourselves on the long selection of dental treatments that we offer, one type of treatment that we actually don’t provide in our office is endodontics. However, if we determine that you’re in need of any endodontic treatment, your Florissant cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul Herrin, will be glad to refer you to an expert endodontist.

About Endodontics

Endodontics is the area of dentistry that’s concerned with the tissues inside of the tooth. The most common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy, which is a procedure that can ease any discomfort that’s caused due to a bacterial infection in the pulp of a tooth. By removing the decaying and dead tissue within the tooth’s pulp, an infection can be halted.

The Inside of Your Tooth

Underneath the tough layer of your teeth – the enamel – is the sturdy inner tissue – the dentin. This dentin makes up most of the tooth’s structure. It’s similar to bone tissue in that it’s comprised of tiny tubules that can transmit sensations to nerve cells when they’re stimulated.

At the core of the tooth and inside small branching chambers, the soft pulp tissue lies. This pulp tissue consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. They extend into the center of the tooth and exit through canals that are located near the tips of the roots of the teeth. When there are problems with the pulp tissue, a person can experience tooth sensitivity, discomfort, or even intense pain. Over time, the nerves will begin to die, which will alleviate the pain; however, if the tooth isn’t treated quickly at this time, it may need to be removed.

What Can Cause Infected Pulp Tissue?

Pulp tissue can become infected because of a variety of different reasons. These can include the following:

  • Untreated Tooth Decay: Tooth decay can allow bacteria to move deep inside the tooth and infect the pulp tissue.
  • A Tooth Crack: Bacteria can also get into the pulp tissue through a tooth crack or fracture.
  • Dental Trauma: Dental trauma can damage the dentin or pulp and expose it to infection.
  • Extensive Dental Procedures: The more dental procedures that a person has on a tooth, the more of a chance that there will be of developing problems with the pulp tissue.

Contact Your Florissant Dentist!

If you have any further questions about endodontics, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your cosmetic dentist for dental implants or any of our other services, feel free to give us a call at (314) 921-0070. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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