If there’s one dental treatment that people really don’t want, it’s the root canal. That’s a shame for two reason. First, modern root canals are not very painful thanks to new technology and local anesthetic. Second, it removes infections that can destroy a tooth and require its removal.
Call Dr. Callow today at 734-404-7336 and make a new appointment. With his 36 years of experience, he knows how to make yours as pain-free as possible. But the best treatment is not needing one in the first place! Here are some ways you can avoid needing a root canal treatment — and several signs that show it might be too late for that.
How To Avoid Root Canals
Why are root canals done? To relieve pain and save a tooth.
Your mouth is home to some harmful bacteria. That’s why you get problems like cavities or gum disease. Normally, the bacteria cannot get inside a tooth because the enamel blocks them. But when you have a deep cavity or an accident that cracks the enamel, they can enter a tooth. Once there, they infect and start to starve it. This creates a toothache, but it also weakens the enamel. If left untreated, that bacteria can even get into your bloodstream and cause widespread health problems.
Then how can you avoid those infections and in turn avoid a root canal treatment? Here are four tips.
- Brush and floss every day: Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of all those harmful bacteria from your mouth. The next best thing is to starve them! Since they feed off particles of food and drink that get trapped on your teeth, brushing and flossing regularly is a great way to keep them under control — and skip any need for a root canal.
- Wear a custom mouthguard: Sports injuries can crack teeth, allowing those harmful bacteria to get inside. You can help prevent those by wearing a mouthguard when active. Dr. Callow can give you a custom-fitted mouthguard that’s more effective and comfortable than store-bought versions.
- Don’t ignore that toothache: As cavities get bigger, pressure from chewing can trigger the nerve endings inside the tooth. If you feel a toothache from time to time, don’t ignore it! Come into our Plymouth, MI dentist office and get a filling before it gets that bad.
- Visit Dr. Callow every six months for a cleaning & exam: Some dental problems (including cavities) start so small, you cannot see or feel them. By the time they are apparent, it could be too late! That’s why you need to call us at 734-404-7336 and make a new appointment every six months like clockwork. Only a dentist has the training and technology needed to spot and fix those sneaky problems.
Watch For These Signs
If you are worried you might need a root canal one day, here are some signs that you need one.
- Tooth pain (even if it disappears sometimes).
- Gums that are swollen or dark near one tooth in particular.
- A pimple-like spot on your gums.
- Discomfort when enjoying hot or cold foods/drinks.
- Pain when chewing on one side of your mouth.
- A discolored tooth.
Call us today at 734-404-7336 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Callow has decades of experience treatment people here in Michigan, so he can use root canal treatments to save your teeth.