Which dental procedure is most associated with discomfort and pain than perhaps any other procedure?
A root canal. You probably have friends or family who’ve gotten one, and who said they absolutely loved getting a root canal? Our guess: no one.
In spite of knowing people who’ve had one, do you know how that happened? Or what a root canal even is?
Most people don’t. The fact of the matter is, your friends and family probably let a few important parts of their oral health routine slip. You might even be doing the exact same thing now — especially as someone on the go juggling work, school, dating, or family activities. It’s obviously easy to see how those few important parts of an oral health routine can slip. However, when that happens you put yourself at risk for needing a root canal.
When you barely have time for everything else in your day, you definitely don’t have time for a root canal. Let’s look at what our team here at Exceptional Dentistry in Palmdale, California, recommends you do to avoid needing a root canal. And we promise, it won’t take up very much of your time at all!
What causes root canals to be needed?
Underneath the hard surface of the tooth are soft tissues which contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. That little bundle of tissues and nerves is known as the pulp, and it helps keep your teeth “alive”. The pulp can become inflamed or infected due to things like deep decay, cracks/chips, or injury to the tooth. When the inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause a lot of pain. It may even lead to an abscess.
Here’s some warning signs:
- prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- tenderness to touch/chewing
- tooth discoloration
- tenderness of lymph nodes or nearby bone and gum tissue
What is a root canal?
Obviously an infection isn’t something you want, nor is the pain that comes with it. A root canal is the process of removing the infected pulp from a tooth.
In order to save the tooth, the root canal is carefully cleaned, shaped, filled, and temporarily sealed. After the infected pulp has been removed, Dr. James D. Powell also has to restore your tooth with a crown. This often takes multiple visits. So that’s quite a procedure! Although now, we can dig into exactly how to avoid all this.
Avoiding root canals.
The best way to avoid needing a root canal is simple – keep up a great oral health routine. No matter how busy life gets, how many times your children can’t find their shoes for school in the morning, or if you sleep through your alarm for work, you can’t skip brushing and flossing. By making sure you do your part at home, your taking the right steps towards prevention.
Another important part of a great oral health routine is seeing us regularly. We’re able to catch decay before it gets too deep and problematic with digital radiographs, and our Sopro Life early cavity detection cameras. So don’t skip out on radiographs when you are due!
You should also use a floride toothpaste at home, and get fluoride anti-cavity treatments when you come in to see the hygienist. Fluoride will strengthen the outer part of the tooth and help prevent decay, so anyone can benefit from it — anyone with teeth, that is.
Also, this might seem like common sense, but if you have a persistent toothache that doesn’t go away, swollen gums, or increased tooth sensitivity call us asap! These are the early warning signs of a pulp infection, and catching them early can sometimes save your tooth.
Don’t let a root canal derail your day and throw a wrench into all of your important plans. Avoid a root canal and you’ll be much happier! Speaking of which, better get scheduled to come see us.