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The Root of the Problem: Is A Root Canal Worth It?

Dec 4, 2018

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Most people associate root canals with excruciating pain. But thanks to modern-day technology and local anesthesia, the procedure doesn’t have to be painful at all.
Root canal procedures are used to treat severely infected tooth (or teeth). Your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth, and clean its interior so that the infection doesn’t worsen.

What Causes The Infection?

So many people believe that just by brushing their teeth every day, they can maintain their oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth is only part of the process. It takes more than that to maintain your pearly whites.

Surveys show that most Americans don’t visit the dentist as often as they should and only 64.7% visit their dentist annually.

But diet also plays an important role in maintaining your oral hygiene. With the average American consuming 44.7 gallons of carbonated drinks per year, it’s no surprise that 90% of the U.S. population has cavities.

Sugary foods such as candies, sodas, cakes, cereals etc. can lead to cavities which slowly and gradually lead to tooth decay. Brush regularly and wondering why your teeth are still showing signs of wear? It not the toothpaste, it’s the brushing technique and the toothbrush that leads to cavities and tooth decay, research shows.

When food particles get stuck between your teeth, they cause proliferation of bacteria, which in turn affect the nerves of your teeth. Eventually, your teeth become infected.

Why a Root Canal Is Your Best Option

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Minor problems like cavities can be taken care of easily. But if your tooth becomes infected and the pain doesn’t go away, your dentist will first identify the root of the problem. He or she will perform an X-ray to see the severity of the infection.

If the infection is severe and the pain intensifies throughout the day, your dentist will recommend a root canal.

You’re probably thinking, “Why not get the tooth extracted?” 

But it’s only as a last resort—when the tooth cannot be saved—that you’ll need an extraction.

With a root canal, the good news is that you’ll be able to salvage your tooth/teeth. Your dentist will thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth, remove the damaged pulp and seal the tooth to prevent the infection from getting worse.

Secondly, it also ensures the safety of the rest of your teeth as the ones next to the infected tooth might also become infected once the bacteria start spreading.

In conclusion, getting a root canal can prevent serious problems in the future and can maintain your teeth.

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