While many people are aware that brushing and flossing are necessary factors that contribute to a healthy smile, many aren’t aware that they only represent half of the battle. In fact, excellent oral health is comprised of a combination of preventive care at home, 6-month visits to the dentist’s office for checkups and cleanings, and keeping an eye on the foods and beverages that are consumed in order to prevent concerns such as infection, decay, disease, and tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist will address the negative effects of ignoring some aspects of your dental regimen and what it does to your smile.
The mouth is home to a number of structures – from your teeth, to your gums, tongue, cheeks, and even oral bacteria. Part of keeping your oral structures safe is paying mind to the oral bacteria that thrive in warm, moist environments and making sure to keep them at bay. The unfortunate truth of the matter is, however, that these bacteria are actively trying to damage your teeth. When nesting in hard-to-clean areas, they are allowed to grow and damage your oral health uninterrupted. Without proper care and cleaning, they will cause a tooth to decay, which results in a cavity. Most of the time, this concern can be easily addressed with a filling procedure that removes the decay and fills the hole created with a dental composite resin. If you do not act with efficiency, however, the decay can progress past a point in which a restoration would fail. When this occurs, your dentist will recommend a root canal procedure as the next step to save your smile.
A Conservative Approach
When decay progresses, it essentially works its way into the interior portion of a tooth. Inside the structure, your tooth roots contain hollow canals that are filled with a dental pulp, and when this pulp becomes infection, severe pain can ensue, causing difficulties eating, biting, chewing, or aching. To take care of this, your dentist will perform a root canal procedure. During this process, your dentist will access the canals through the hole created by the oral bacteria and carefully remove all infected dental pulp. Once this has been removed, a dental material is used to fill the canals and prevent reinfection, then your tooth is capped off with a dental crown to ensure a protected and safe recovery.
Keeping Your Natural Structure
When it comes to your oral health, the last thing you and your dental provider want is for you to lose a tooth. Before considering extraction, a root canal may serve to address your concerns all while preserving your natural structure. For more information about this process, contact our team today.
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If you suspect you may be suffering from an infected root, contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699 to schedule your visit with our team today.