How Can You Prevent a Root Canal?

January 26, 2023 9:27 pm Published by man smiles while flossing his teeth

If the idea of getting a root canal sends shivers down your spine—don’t worry! We’re here to help you avoid needing a root canal, or hopefully any other restorative dental treatments. Should you or anyone in your household need a gentle root canal treatment, however, our friendly and empathetic dental team is here to assist. Contact our office today!

Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly will help to keep plaque and tartar at bay. This will help prevent cavities from occurring, which are tiny holes in the teeth that are created by bacteria. If cavities are left untreated, this harmful bacteria will be able to access the inside of the teeth as well, which can result in an infection. Once this stage has been reached, a root canal is typically required to treat the infection and restore the tooth. We recommend visiting our office regularly so we can spot cavities when they are still small and very easy to treat.

Take Care of Damaged Restorations Promptly

If you have a dental crown, bridge, or veneer that is protecting a tooth, a chip or a crack in these restorations is very similar to having a damaged tooth. Any time a dental restoration has become damaged or worn down to the point where a crack or a hole is present, bacteria can access the tooth underneath. This is not a good situation, as teeth that are covered by dental restorations are usually more susceptible to harmful bacteria than teeth that are not protected by restorations.

Should you notice any changes in the look or feel of your dental restorations, please come see us at your earliest convenience. A dental restoration coming off completely is considered a dental emergency, and we will want to address the situation as quickly as possible.

Protect Your Teeth as Much as Possible

If you are concerned about needing restorative services in the future, there are a few additional things you can do now to protect your smile. Dental sealants are excellent at providing an additional invisible barrier between the molars and bad bacteria, and they are very quick, easy, and inexpensive treatments that last for many years.

If you are involved in athletic activities or know that you clench or grind your teeth at night, a custom mouthguard can also be worth its weight in gold when it comes to protecting your smile and preventing services like root canals.

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