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Prevention and Treatment of Root Canal Infections

December 20, 2013 — by Keith Kelley, DDS
Tags: Root Canal Restorative Dentistry

Prevention and Treatment of Root Canal InfectionsWhen it comes to effective dental care and optimal dental wellness, there are plenty of options to consider with regard to effective cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. In general, it's best for dentists to consider preventative treatments before performing actual restorative work. The more of a patient's natural tooth structure that can be maintained, the better it is for the patient in the long run.

Right now, we'd like to focus on a common dental health issue that many people misunderstand and misinterpret: root canal infections.

What is a root canal infection?

Within each tooth below the enamel and dentin is a hollow section. In this chamber is a substance known as dental pulp, which is soft tissue leading down into the tooth root and the jawbone. A root canal infection refers to bacteria penetrating the enamel and dental layers of a tooth and infecting this soft tissue. This can be the result of tooth decay, acid erosion, or injury to the tooth structure.

Why Root Canal Infections Should Be Taken Seriously

Root canal infections are very painful, for one. Many people describe soreness and throbbing if they experience a root canal infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other structures of the mouth, leading to tooth loss and serious problems with the gums and jawbone.

Addressing a root canal infection as early as possible is ideal once it occurs, but the best option for care is prevention. Below are three basic tips for preventing root canal infections.

Prevention Tip Number 1 - Proper Brushing

It can't be stated enough: it's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. Doing this helps ensure that plaque does not remain on the teeth for too long and that tooth decay doesn't occur. Brushing your teeth will help prevent the need for fillings or dental implants.

Prevention Tip Number 2 - Proper Flossing

Flossing is just as important as brushing the teeth, if not more so. A toothbrush can only access so many nooks and crannies. To remove the plaque between the teeth, the only way to do it effectively is to floss. Be sure to floss every night, though as with brushing, it's ideal to floss after every meal.

Prevention Tip Number 3 - Regular Dental Visits

Another basic bit of dental hygiene: be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups. This routine maintenance and care allows dentists to treat minor problems (e.g., tooth decay) before they result in major health issues (e.g., root canal infections). Also be sure to visit your dentist if you notice aches or pains in the mouth as this may be a sign of a dental problem.

Options for Treating Root Canal Infections

When treating root canal infection, the ideal treatment involves the removal of the dental pulp, the careful cleaning of the pulp chamber, and filling the chamber in the affected tooth so that it can function without impaired durability. The full treatment process will be discussed in greater detail when you stop by for a dental visit.

Learn More About Your Dental Care Treatment Options

For more information about your many different dental care treatment options, be sure to contact our Troy, Michigan dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental wellness in the process.

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