It’s an unfortunate fact, but most people will get a cavity at some point in their lives. If you address them quickly, then they won’t get any worse. However, if you ignore them, you may need root canal therapy. Here’s more information on what root canal therapy is and how to avoid it.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is usually necessary when a tooth decays without intervention and the infection reaches the center of the tooth (also known as the “pulp”). In this situation, it can save you from losing the tooth entirely. It will remove the diseased and damaged tooth pulp and fill the cavity, leaving you with a functioning, healthy tooth. However, this is something most people want to avoid. Here are some things you can do to lower your chances of needing one.

Seeing Your Dentist at the First Sign of a Cavity

Although cavities can form without noticeable signs and symptoms, there are things to watch out for. If one tooth or area of your mouth is suddenly more sensitive than usual or hurts when chewing, that could be a sign of a cavity. If you suspect you have one, make an appointment with your dentist immediately. The longer you neglect it, the more likely you’ll need root canal therapy or some other type of dental procedure.

Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings

The best way to reduce the likelihood of needing root canal therapy is by seeing your dentist every six months. Your dentist can detect cavities through radiographs/exams and address them immediately. Filling a cavity quickly will prevent further decay and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need root canal therapy.

When was the last time you had a dental appointment? If you’re not sure, then it’s time to call Huntington Valley Dental Arts to make your next dental checkup appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller.