A root canal can be a necessary means of stopping a cavity from doing irreparable harm. In fact, if you wait too long to undergo this restorative dental procedure, you face the real risk of losing that tooth. What you should know is that when you keep up with good dental care, and go in for routine dental checkups, you can be more likely to stop tooth decay before a root canal is ever needed. This is because part of every checkup includes a careful look at your teeth for any signs of decay, meaning a problem can be caught in time to simply treat it with a dental filling.
By undergoing that examination every six months, you make it harder for a cavity to go undetected for long enough to start causing the internal damage that makes a root canal necessary. Of course, by going in for these regular exams, and receiving a professional teeth cleaning, you can reduce your risk of ever having a cavity in the first place. A real commitment to oral health should extend past the care you provide yourself – you should also take advantage of your dentist’s expert care.
If you do need a root canal, make sure you take care to have it addressed promptly. A root canal is performed in order to address internal dental problems, problems that can affect the living tissue within your tooth. If these problems are allowed to go on for long enough, that damage can essentially destroy the tooth. You also face the risk of bacteria spreading out through your root, and beyond your tooth.
If you keep up with regular dental visits, and make sure to take care of your smile at home, you can seriously lower your cavity risk, and the possibility you will need a root canal treatment. Scott Dooley, DDS and the team at Scott Dooley Dentistry are proud to serve patients from Garland, TX, as well as Richardson, Dallas, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities. To speak with a member of our team and schedule an appointment, contact us today at 972-495-8100. We have patient forms provided online.