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Top 5 Causes of Root Canals

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A root canal is a standard procedure that attempts to save your tooth after disease-causing bacteria has damaged the nerves. Every year, nearly 15 million root canal treatments are performed in the United States and the therapy can last a lifetime.

But what causes the need for a root canal, and how can you avoid undergoing the procedure? Vita Dental Spring explains this in details.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the main reason most patients visit Vita Dental Spring. Bacteria in the mouth are triggered by carbohydrates and sugars to produce acid. Decay forms on the biting surface of a tooth leading to the loss of the tooth enamel.

If left untreated, it then progresses to the dentin at a more rapid pace until it reaches the pulp chamber. The pulp or nerve is the living tissue within the root canals of the tooth. If bacteria enter this chamber, it causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes, an infection.  As a result, a root canal is needed to reduce pain and save your tooth.

Trauma or Injury

At Vita Dental Spring, we see many people come in with new or repeated injuries from playing contact sports, falls, or motor accidents. These dental injuries may include chipped or cracked teeth. When the pulp chamber is exposed or damaged due to teeth fracture or if a wisdom tooth is pushed sideways, into or out of its socket, there’s a good chance you’ll need a root canal. In this case, you will also experience pain, and the nerve will have to be removed to salvage your tooth.

Repeated Dental Procedures On a Tooth

In some instances, multiple dental procedures are unavoidable. However, having routine dental procedures on one particular tooth can weaken its structure and become an entry point for bacterial infection. 

Treatments such as scaling the teeth will affect the enamel by thinning it out. The erosion of the enamel causes the teeth to become vulnerable to decay and bacteria. The nerves and teeth can also become irritated and could lead to a root canal.

Clenching or Grinding of Teeth

Some people suffer from a condition known as Bruxism, where they grind or clench their teeth unconsciously while sleeping.  The disorder can be an inherited trait and is often associated with stress or anxiety.   If left untreated, recurrent teeth grinding causes the tooth enamel to gradually chip, or crack resulting in a higher risk of tooth decay.

Worn Out Fillings

Worn out, chipped, or cracked fillings may leave gaps between the teeth.  In so doing they provide space for bacteria to enter, and once they do, you cannot eliminate them by regular brushing or flossing. If left undiagnosed or t untreated, it can spread along the edge of the filling, underneath it, and down through to the roots.

Other factors that may result in the need for a root canal include:

Poor oral hygiene. Inconsistent brushing and flossing of teeth expose your mouth to bacteria that sneak into the tooth’s interior and cause damage.

Tooth Abscess. An abscessed tooth is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. Bacteria and other dying pulp debris can be the reason for infection.

Knocked out or avulsed tooth. The complete displacement of a tooth from its socket can lead to a root canal if not replaced soonest. The empty opening is an entry point for bacteria to accumulate thus triggering infections.

Untreated oral diseases such as gum/periodontal diseases can cause severe pain and damage to the dental pulp.

How Can You Best Prevent a Root Canal?

A root canal is the best tooth saving tool available in recent times. Thetechnological advancements have improved the success rate of endodontic treatment. However, most people would rather not experience a root canal treatment. If you are among those people, here are some tips to avoid having one:

Practice good oral hygiene through brushing and flossing daily. Do not forget to schedule and get regular checkups at Vita Dental Spring.

Use mouth guards when playing sports to avoid sports-related mouth injuries. The guards can also be used to prevent teeth grinding at night.

Avoid or limit the intake of sugary snacks like gum candies and lollipops as they can lead to cavities

Avoid tongue piercings which can cause teeth to chip or break.

Do not chew ice or use your teeth for anything else other than eating.

Ensure that you get your cavities filled soonest to avoid infections that could be dangerous.

While you may be nervous about the idea of getting a root canal, remember that it’s an ordinary procedure that is highly effective.  It also helps ensure that you get to enjoy good oral health for a long time to come.

Vita Dental Spring is always accepting new patients and is available for emergency appointments.  If you think that you may need a root canal, are you are in the Spring area, we can help.  Schedule an appointment today with one of our highly skilled professionals.

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