How to Prevent Another Root Canal

A root canal is an endodontic treatment designed to preserve a tooth with infected or inflamed pulp (the soft issues inside your tooth). 

Although root canals have a reputation for causing pain, the reality is that root canals can save you from the pain, sensitivity, and discomfort of a damaged or severely decayed tooth.

Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Roberto Palmieri is an expert when it comes to root canals. We use cutting-edge technology (like Planmeca® 3D X-rays), the latest techniques, and effective anesthesia to keep you comfortable during your appointment.

That being said, prevention is the best defense when it comes to root canals — or any other dental treatment, for that matter. In this article, we explore three ways you can prevent the need for another root canal.

How to avoid a root canal

If you already had one root canal, you’re not alone. About 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States. Because root canals allow you to save a tooth that’s damaged or decayed, this means 15 million teeth were saved from extraction. 

But just because you’ve had a root canal doesn’t mean you’re destined to have another. Here are three ways to prevent the need for another root canal:

Freshen up your oral care routine

Severe decay — that can’t adequately be treated by a filling alone — is a common reason for needing a root canal. You can prevent tooth decay and the need for a root canal by making sure your at-home oral care routine is top-notch. 

A good oral care routine includes:

In addition to taking care of your teeth at home, be sure to schedule your regular dental exams. 

Protect your teeth from fractures and cracks

When a tooth is broken or cracked, bacteria can enter through the crack and increase your risk of an infection. Here’s what you can do to prevent the risk of cracks:

If you suffer a crack or fracture, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent complications.

Reduce your cavity risk by watching sugar intake

Large fillings can irritate the nerves and pulp of your tooth. Once your nerves are compromised, you likely need root canal treatment. However, if you can reduce your chance of developing a cavity, you can reduce your chance of needing a root canal triggered by a large filling.

When the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, they secrete acid that leads to tooth decay. To reduce sugar intake, keep these tips in mind:

You don’t need to avoid all sugar forever, but be sure to brush and floss well after you consume sugar. Rinsing your mouth after you eat is also helpful as it flushes out bacteria and sugar. 

It’s not always possible to avoid a root canal

At Palmieri Dentistry, we know that preventive strategies don’t guarantee that you’ll never get a cavity or need a root canal. Accidents happen. You might crack your tooth even if you’re not playing sports. You might develop an abscess after an old filling is compromised.

Regardless of why you need a root canal, we’re here to help you get the care you need. To learn more about root canals or to schedule an appointment, call our Mooresville, North Carolina, office at 704-247-6336. You can also visit our website to book your appointment online.

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