Whether it be tooth decay or broken teeth, various dental issues may lead to the need for root canal treatment. Our fabulous local doctors, Dr. Lina Jarboe and Dr. Burton Waxman provide root canal therapy in Ellicott City, MD.
As two of the esteemed specialists at Access Endodontics, Dr. Jarboe and Dr. Waxman, can help determine the cause of your dental pain and recommend a root canal, if needed. If you believe you may need a root canal, call Access Endodontics at 410.304.7226 for information. Otherwise, continue reading to find out more about what leads to root canal treatment being necessary.
What Are Some Common Causes for a Root Canal?
Many people have needed a root canal at some point in their lives. You may have required one yourself over the years. While root canals are very common dental procedures, are you familiar with what causes the need for a root canal? The three most common root canal causes are listed below:
1. Large Fillings
If you’ve had previous large fillings that are causing pain or discomfort, you may need to have a root canal. Large fillings can cause irritation and inflammation of the pulp and the nerves in the affected tooth. A root canal is often necessary to remove the filling and affected pulp, eliminating the pain.
2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is one of the most common root canal causes. When a tooth is decaying, the pulp my become infected. This can lead to larger issues for the surrounding teeth and gums. Root canal treatment will remove the infected, decaying dental pulp and work to preserve healthy tissue as well as the tooth structure.
3. Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
A root canal is a very common treatment for a severely broken or chipped tooth. When your tooth is damaged with a crack, chip, or break in the surface, it can lead to larger issues for the tooth’s health. These things can cause the dental pulp to become infected and lead to the death of healthy tissue. Root canal treatment will remove the infected pulp and preserve the remainder of the tooth or create a healthier foundation to place a crown.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
When you already have tooth decay or a damaged tooth, there is little you can do to resolve the issue on your own. An experienced endodontist can help relieve your pain with things like root canal therapy.
To avoid a root canal in the future, practicing proper dental hygiene can help keep your teeth healthy and hopefully less likely to require these types of procedures. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing twice daily are basic oral hygiene practices that improve oral health. Rinsing with an appropriate mouthwash can also improve your dental health and reduce the risk of needing a root canal down the road.
Root Canal Treatment at Access Endodontics
If you require root canal treatment in Ellicott City, MD, look no further than Access Endodontics. Our team of experienced dental professionals can help restore your oral health and relieve chronic pain caused by a damaged or decaying tooth.
Dr. Jarboe and Dr. Waxman have extensive experience in root canal therapy and use the latest technology like the Waterlase, offering speedier recovery times. We also offer sedation options for patients with anxiety to make your root canal treatment as comfortable as possible. Call Access Endodontics today at 410.304.7226 to schedule an appointment!