How To Understand (And Avoid!) A Root Canal [BLOG]May 26th, 2017
There exists in dentistry an infamous procedure whose very name is so fear-inducing, so menacing, it can make the most stoic of dental patients crumble into a heap of panic and anxiety. Yes, we’re talking about the dreaded root canal, a procedure that’s been deemed one of the most dreaded of all dental treatments.
Today, we’re shedding some light of root canal therapy, why it’s not as bad as you think, and how to possibly avoid needing a root canal in the first place.
Understanding Root Canals
The first clue that you might need a root canal is pain. The pain might happen because the pulp that houses your tooth’s blood vessels and nerve endings has become infected by bacteria that’s made its way through your tooth enamel.
Or you might experience pain because of inflammation of the pulp caused by some sort of trauma or injury. The pulp goes all the way down to your tooth’s root through a passageway, or canal. Because it affects the sensitive soft tissues and nerves, a toothache brought on from this kind of infection or injury can be really painful.
To solve the problem, your dentist would perform a restorative treatment called a root canal. This process would vary depending on the specific cause of your pain. If your pulp is infected, your dentist would first clean out the infection. If it’s caused by inflammation, the pulp would be removed. A root canal is an effective approach to saving your tooth and getting you out of pain.
Do Root Canals Deserve Their Bad Reputation?
Not at Ascension Premier Dental, they don’t! Dr. Bessonet considers the myths about root canals being painful as nothing more than an old wive’s tale. Okay, maybe it was true a long time ago. But advances in dental technology over the years have rendered this restorative therapy virtually painless. In fact, because the toothache that comes before a root canal can be so intense, it’s actually much more painful to not get a root canal!
How Can You Avoid Needing A Root Canal?
Even though root canals are not the horrendous procedure that dentistry urban legend makes them out to be, it doesn’t necessarily mean you would want one. Avoiding a root canal requires a proactive approach to your oral health. So here are some tips:
Don’t Put Off Treatment – In many cases, root canals are needed because bacteria has been given the chance to spread to the very sensitive pulp that leads down to your root. And that can happen when you, for example, avoid getting a cavity filled. The best thing to do is treat a cavity, or any kind of dental problem for that matter, while it’s small before it turns into something more serious.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene – Where does the bacteria that causes oral infection come from in the first place? Well, we all have bacteria in our mouths, but when you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, you’re basically allowing that bacteria to feed off of the particles and sugars left behind in your mouth from food and drinks. When it feeds off of that, it can spread and cause all sorts of problems. It’s best to keep up on daily brushing and flossing so that the bacteria has less opportunity to multiply.
Come To Us For Dental Emergencies Right Away – As we mentioned earlier, needing a root canal isn’t just because of an infection. It can also be prompted by inflammation or damage. If you have an accident or oral injury of some kind, you should get it looked at right away so any damage to your pulp can be taken care of. Just like you wouldn’t want to let a cavity go untreated, you don’t want to put off treatment for an oral injury either.
Schedule Routine Dental Checkups With Us! – A good oral hygiene routine is very important, but so are routine dental cleanings and exams with Dr. Bessonet and our highly trained hygienists. We have the tools and experience needed to make sure your teeth and gums stay thoroughly cleaned from infection causing bacteria. A properly cleaned mouth is a healthy one!