What Is The Treatment To Prevent Root Canal?

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Let’s face it, no-one enjoys visiting the dentist. However, there are some aspects of dental care that many people consider to be much worse than others. Root canal treatment is one phrase that is sure to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest and most resilient of patients. That said, this common dental procedure has come a long way in recent years, and refined techniques combined with improved anesthetic and sedation options means that today, root canal procedures are rarely any more complex or painful than any other type of dental treatment.

Nevertheless, this still doesn’t prevent root canal from having something of a reputation, even if it is undeserved. So, what exactly does the procedure involve?

About Root Canal

Root canal is the name given to an endodontic dental procedure that is used to treat infection at the very center of the tooth. Many people do not realise that each of our teeth has three layers. The outer layer that we can see is called enamel, and the middle layer is softer and known as dentin. However, the innermost layer is called the pulp, although many people call it the root canal system since this is where the roots of your teeth can be found.

The roots serve a very important function, supplying the teeth with the blood and nutrients they need to remain healthy. Unfortunately, when the roots become compromised by infection, the affected tooth can die. Root canal treatment is the most common solution provided by dentists for infections in the root canal system.

How Do infections in the Root Canal System occur?

Infections in the root canal system are caused by bad bacteria, and usually occur for one of three reasons:

1. You have severe tooth decay.

2. You have fillings that are leaking and enabling bacteria to enter the deepest layers of the tooth.

3. You have suffered damage to your tooth, such as blunt force trauma.

What are the Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection?

The symptoms of a root canal infection tend to occur in two stages. In the first, you may experience pain or sensitivity when eating or drinking hot/cold food or drink, pain when biting and chewing or a loose tooth. However, these symptoms often dissipate as the pulp dies – something that often leads patients to believing that the problem has resolved itself. It hasn’t! A short while later, you will start to see symptoms that include:

- Further pain when biting/chewing

- Swelling in the gum near the affected tooth

- Pus oozing from the bad tooth

- Swelling in the face and sometimes neck

- The tooth darkening

Prompt treatment is the only possible solution that could enable you to save your tooth.

What Can I Do to Prevent Needing Root Canal?

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to help prevent you ever experiencing a root canal infection.

Brush up on your Oral Health Routine

Firstly, and probably unsurprisingly, is to ensure you maintain a robust oral hygiene routine. Good brushing and flossing habits are the single most important thing you can do for your dental health, and not only will they keep root canal at bay, they can also prevent other oral problems including decay and periodontal disease. Brush at least twice a day after meals, and floss and use a mouthwash daily too. Ensure you are using products that have the recommended amount of fluoride as this can help prevent tooth decay.

Minimize the Snacks and Sugary Foods in Your Diet

Snacking is the arch enemy of healthy teeth as it gives bacteria time to accumulate on our teeth between brushing. And it goes without saying that anything with sugar in is a big no-no for our teeth. This is because the bacteria on our teeth reacts with the sugar, causing the acid that does damage to our smile. You don’t need to cut out sugar completely but eating healthily and only consuming sugar in moderation will definitely help prevent root canal infections.

Visit Our Dentist Regularly

There is no one that can spot a potential dental problem quicker than our dentist, and early diagnosis is essential if you are going to prevent severe issues like root canal infections from occurring. Our dentist has the knowledge and experience to be able to monitor your dental health accurately, meaning that both preventive care and prompt treatment can be undertaken if the need arises.

Most dentists like to schedule a check-up every 6 months, but this can vary from patient to patient so follow the advice given specifically to you.

If you would like further information about how to avoid root canal treatment, our professional team is on hand to help. Please contact us with your query and our dentist will gladly assist you.