Can Root Canals Be Prevented?

Do you avoid root canal therapy because you’ve heard how painful it is? If so, did you know that root canal therapy is actually about as uncomfortable as having a cavity filled? In fact, root canals are more comfortable than they’ve ever been, which is fortunate because ignoring a damaged root canal can lead to serious problems.

You see, root canal therapy is usually necessary because decay or bacteria damage your tooth’s root canal—the area where the nerves and connective tissue in your teeth are–which can lead to infection. If not treated quickly, the infection could spread and lead to more complications, such as the death of your tooth.

Of course, even though root canal therapy is mostly painless, preventing the problem is still better than treating it. Fortunately, preventing problems with your root canal is fairly simple. In fact, the most important thing you can do is care for your oral hygiene.
Like most people, you’ve probably been lectured about keeping up with your oral health for as long as you can remember. In order to keep your smile clean and healthy, we recommend brushing your teeth every day, twice a day for two minutes at a time. Similarly, you should floss every day. Neglecting to do so can lead to holes in your teeth–usually referred to as cavities. Unfortunately, cavities allow bacteria to reach the center of your teeth more easily. Also, please remember to visit your dentist once every six months.

If you would like more advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050 soon! Dr. Michelle Metcalf is excited to hear from you soon!