Preventing plaque and tooth decay are essential to oral health care. In cases where decay has overtaken a toot, however, root canals are a saving grace. Your Milwaukee, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl, uses root canal procedures to relieve pain and help your teeth regain their health once more!
Root Canal Basics—Causes and Procedure
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.
A tooth is composed of several layers. In order, they are,
- Enamel: The outermost layer—the white part of the tooth and also the strongest
- Dentin: Right under the enamel, it is yellowish and a bit softer
- Pulp: Located in the center of the tooth, it consists of blood vessels and nerve
- Cementum: The last layer, which anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and through the dentin, it reaches the nerve-rich layer of pulp, causing acute pain. If this occurs, your Milwaukee dentist will need to perform a root canal. This procedure entails removing the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the canal from any remaining bacteria, and finally sealing the canal to prevent any bacteria from entering.
Root Canal Prevention
In order to properly care for your teeth and avoid procedures like a root canal or dental implants, you should do the following:
- Avoid Sugar: Eating sugary foods and drinks, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay, while healthy foods like apples and carrots actually help scrape plaque off teeth.
- Use Fluoride-Containing Products: Fluoride prevents tooth decay, so make sure that you regularly use fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Visit Your Dentist: Visiting your doctor twice a year for professional cleanings will allow professionals to evaluate your dental health. Doing this will allow dentists to notify you if there's a problem before it becomes severe or complicated.
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl. You can schedule an appointment at our Milwaukee, WI, office by calling (414) 445-3670.