Most Common Reasons for Root Canals (and How to Avoid Them)

At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we strongly believe in practicing preventive care and teaching our patients good oral hygiene habits. Today, we want to talk about a few common reasons our patients need root canals – and how you and your family can avoid them!

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Root canals are necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside the root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals can help preserve the function of a dead tooth so that you don’t need an extraction, but we’re sure you’d prefer to avoid the problem altogether. Often, we perform root canals to treat a problem that resulted from deep decay, a chip or crack in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth.

Deep Decay

Tooth decay is the damage to your tooth enamel (the hard outer layer of your teeth). Good dental hygiene habits will help you prevent deep tooth decay – a common cause for root canals. In order to protect your teeth from decay, be sure to brush twice daily, floss once daily, eat nutritious, balanced meals, and visit our office regularly for cleaning and examination.

Cracked Tooth

Your tooth can crack from an acute injury, or from general wear and tear. To limit your chances of cracking a tooth, avoid chewing on hard objects, don’t clench or grind your teeth, and wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth during contact sports. If you notice that your tooth is suddenly very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, make an appointment with us a soon as possible.

Repeated Dental Procedures on a Tooth

In some cases, multiple dental procedures on a tooth can make it more susceptible to infection or make a root canal necessary. For this reason, it’s important to disclose your entire dental history to us.

As with all oral health issues, the earlier we can detect and treat the problem, the better. If you notice anything unusual or painful, contact office as soon as possible. If we determine that a root canal is the best procedure for your tooth, rest assured that we will take good care of you during the procedure.

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