Your teeth are made up of much more than you see when you smile into a mirror. While the crown of your tooth is important from a cosmetic and functional standpoint, it’s not the only part of your tooth that matters. Each of your teeth actually extends deep beneath your gum line. Below the surface, the roots of your teeth connect to your jawbone and stabilize your teeth. This allows you to chew comfortably without fear of your teeth slipping. Caring for the roots of your teeth is just as important as caring for the crowns.

Roots Can Become Infected, Just Like Crowns

When you brush your teeth, you may be focusing on polishing the exposed portion of each tooth to present a beautiful smile. That is one benefit of brushing your teeth, but it’s not the only area where you should focus your cleaning. You should also clean around your gum line, directing your strokes away from your gums. This moves bacteria away from the area and prevents that buildup that causes gum disease. Over time, gum disease can sever the connections between the roots of your teeth and your jawbone, eventually contributing to tooth loss.

Untreated Cavities Can Damage Tooth Roots

The crowns of your teeth are coated in a thick layer of enamel that protects them from food and bacteria. The inner layers of dentin and pulp are sensitive, and prone to infection if exposed. That’s why it’s important to treat cavities as soon as they develop, and do all you can to prevent them from forming. Once bacteria have infected your tooth’s pulp, this infection can spread to the root canals of the tooth. These portions of the tooth serve as a transportation network which carries nutrients and nerves to and from the tooth.

If your Roots Become Infected, Root Canal Therapy Can Help

Infected tooth roots can cause compounding problems, as the bacteria inside can now spread to other tissues in the mouth. You should seek treatment for this infection as soon as possible. Root canal therapy is a treatment method that can remove the harmful bacteria and seal your root canals to prevent additional spread. Your dentist will carefully make a hole to access the inside of the root. After extracting the bacteria, they will fill the canal and place a dental crown on top of the root to keep it safe.

Be Kind to Your Roots and Schedule An Appointment at Silver Smiles

The best method for caring for your roots is prevention. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is a must. You should also make biannual visits to your dentist’s office to ensure that no serious problems are developing with your teeth. At Silver Smiles, we provide excellent preventive care in a comfortable environment. We can also perform root canal therapy if necessary. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.