Three Factors That Lead to Root Canals

teethA Tampa root canal appointment may not be your favorite way to spend a Wednesday, but if your tooth is in jeopardy of dying, a root canal is literally a lifesaver. A root canal can save your tooth by removing the inflamed and infected pulp found in the very center of your tooth between the dentin and bone. Since your endodontist is able to remove the infected pulp causing you so much pain, clean and shape the inside of the root canal itself, and then fill and seal the space against future infection, your tooth can remain in place and continue its normal function.

Root canal procedures from endodontists have evolved a great deal since their earliest years, and today’s process causes very little pain thanks to numbing agents and efficient tools. In order to avoid undergoing a root canal in the future, it’s important to understand the three leading factors of the procedure.

By far the number one cause of root canals in Tampa is uncontrolled decay in the tooth. Decay usually begins on the surface of the tooth in the form of a cavity, but left untreated or faced with negligent oral hygiene, the decay will spread down into the lower layers of the teeth like the dentin. Eventually, the tooth becomes so infected that it faces certain extraction unless the decay can be removed.

Tooth Fractures

It also happens that by grinding your teeth or chewing on hard foods you can develop fractures in your teeth that expose the pulp chamber to bacteria. This pain becomes impossible to ignore, and some people require a root canal to alleviate the constant discomfort.

Traumatic Accidents
Sports collisions, work-related accidents, and other unexpected traumas can all lead to tooth damage that results in a root canal in order to save a tooth that has severely inflamed nerves.

The best way to prevent the need for a root canal in the future is to brush and floss twice a day, avoid hard, sticky, and sugary food, and visit the dentist every six months.