Are Root Canals Preventable?

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The truth is that tooth decay is mostly preventable. A root canal is necessary if tooth decay is so severe that a filling won’t correct it. Read on to learn more about how you can avoid the need for a root canal.

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is when bacteria or plaque build-up and cause damage to the tooth. Plaque can cause sugar to turn into acid, leading to problems like cavities or gum disease. Cavities are tiny holes in your enamel. Early detection is key to preventing small cavities from becoming deep cavities. If you catch a cavity early enough, you may only need a filling to prevent further damage to your tooth.

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

Dr. Molta or Dr. Moore may recommend a root canal if the decay is severe and has reached the interior of the tooth. A root canal will clean out the infection and save your natural tooth. Some symptoms of needing a root canal may include:

  • Severe toothache

  • Chronic tooth sensitivity, especially to extreme temperatures

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Tender or swollen gums

Tips on preventing a root canal

It’s ideal for you to have a proper oral health care routine to remove plaque, food particles, and other bacteria that could cause tooth decay. At the least, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Don’t forget to use fluoride toothpaste for the best results. Visits to Springs Village Dentistry for a dental exam every six months allow our team to notice cavities early before a root canal is needed to treat the tooth. We can also offer you personalized advice on how best to take care of your teeth and any treatment options you may need.

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Do you need your biannual dental exam? Or have you started to notice tooth pain? At Springs Village Dentistry, our friendly dental staff is ready to help you. Please give us a call and schedule an appointment.

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