When it comes to “terrifying” dental treatments, most patients would agree that a “root canal” sounds pretty scary. This, however, isn’t the case; but, it would be best to avoid ever needing a root canal in the first place. Root canal treatment becomes necessary due to severe decay, infection, damage and/or trauma, luckily it is quite avoidable if you just take care of your smile, however!
Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal involves removing and cleaning out an infected tooth pulp. Once the infected area has been thoroughly cleaned it will be replaced and sealed to avoid further complications. In order to fully protect your tooth, Maple Ridge Endodontics recommends placing a dental crown following a root canal as well to prevent further damage or infection.
When it comes to having healthy teeth, your diet is extremely important! Much like the rest of our body, our teeth and mouth require certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to be healthy. It is also important to avoid foods and beverages that can be harmful to teeth such as acidic beverages, hard candies, and even refined carbs.
Want to keep your teeth safe from decay and infection? Practicing a proper at-home dental care routine can help. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. You should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently yet thoroughly.
Another important step for avoiding root canal treatment is visiting your professional dentist regularly. Although at home care is important, most patients miss areas in their mouth, allowing plaque and bacteria to build up, often leading to decay.
Think you may have extensive dental decay or damage? Wondering if a root canal is the right option for you? Contact Maple Ridge Endodontics today to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to evaluate your teeth to determine what the right treatment option is for you.