Are you concerned about root canals? Do you avoid going to the dentist just to avoid this dreaded treatment? If so, we have good news for you: root canal therapy has come a long way. In fact, most patients who have had this treatment aren’t nearly as concerned with having another. Still, we believe that protecting your smile is important, and that it would be better to avoid root canal therapy if at all possible. To help you accomplish this goal, we are happy to offer you a few ideas on how you can avoid root canal therapy.
Your teeth have three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. Your pulp is the soft layer in the center of your teeth, and when it becomes infected or damaged and is unable to heal, you may need root canal therapy. To help you learn how to avoid the need for root canal therapy, we’re excited to offer you a few things you can do
If you crack a tooth, plaque and bacteria could grow in the center of your teeth. This can increase the likelihood of infection and necessitate root canal therapy. Similarly, a deep cavity can lead to the same complications. If you crack your tooth or suspect that you have a cavity, we recommend visiting your dentist before further complications arise. Finally, if you play sports, we recommend using a mouth guard. This dental appliance can protect your smile from trauma and injury, and prevent your teeth from fracturing.
Another way to prevent the need for root canal therapy is brushing and flossing every day. Root canals are usually caused by infections meaning that cleaning your teeth thoroughly will reduce the likelihood of root canal therapy. Similarly, it is important to visit your dentist once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. This can remove plaque and bacteria that can’t be cleaned any other way.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us today if you would like to learn more about how you can avoid root canal therapy or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We are excited to hear from you soon.