By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If your tooth requires a root canal, you can rest assured that this procedure is painless and effective. However, properly caring for your root canalteeth after your root canal to ensure the teeth remain healthy is a crucial part of avoiding teeth decay, gum disease, and the need for an additional root canal in the future. Find out more about properly caring for your smile with Dr. Frank Gordon at his practice in Flint, MI.

What makes a root canal necessary in the first place? 
As decay attacks a tooth, it begins on the outside surface and works its way inward, toward the tooth’s inner pulp chamber. This area houses the tooth’s pulp which is made up mainly of blood vessels and nerves. Decay which has not yet infected this inner chamber can be removed and replaced with resin materials during a dental filling. However, once the pulp chamber has become infected, your dentist must remove the contents of the chamber and fill the entire tooth all the way down its roots instead of just the decayed portion of the tooth’s enamel. This process, known as a root canal, cures the decay and restores the tooth.

Avoiding Future Root Canals with Proper Oral Hygiene
Teeth decay begins as bacteria on the teeth which comes from the carbohydrates and sugars in the foods you eat. If allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria grows and forms a sticky white substance called plaque. Plaque eventually hardens and becomes a substance called tartar, which then works its way through the tooth toward the inner pulp chamber. Though patients can remove plaque with good brushing and flossing techniques, tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. Since plaque comes off the teeth easily, good oral hygiene can prevent teeth decay from ever beginning, preventing future root canals.

Routine Dental Examinations and Professional Dental Cleanings in Flint, MI 
A good at-home oral hygiene routine should consist of brushing at least twice daily and flossing between each tooth at least once a day. However, this is only one-half of your overall oral care plan. Seeing your dentist regularly for routine examinations and cleanings help your dentist find and treat issues like teeth decay early and ensure that your teeth remain healthy and clean to prevent requiring procedures like root canals in the future.

For more information on proper oral hygiene and routine dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Frank Gordon at his practice in Flint, MI. Call (810) 230-0990 to schedule your appointment for a regular dental exam and professional cleaning today!

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