Once upon a time, nearly all of us had perfect teeth. But over the years, many of us have had periods where our oral care was not quite as good as it should have been. Or, in some cases, issues have come up that were unavoidable.
Through lackluster oral hygiene habits, decisions that put our teeth at risk or genetic issues, our teeth have developed a few flaws. These flaws include problems like cavities, periodontal disease and cracks—the kind of problems that require dental treatment.
Getting your “perfect” smile back
Today we are lucky to have the technology and training to treat and repair many dental issues. However, even with these advancements in treatments, we are only repairing the original issued equipment. We can only fix your given teeth.
The less dental work your teeth require over time, the less cumulative “wear and tear” of each procedure on the tooth. You’re referred to me when your tooth is in the process of dying, and I’m happy to report that repair is possible, although your tooth will never be “Better than new!” as some may promise. In this situation, endodontic treatment is the only chance to retain the tooth. In endodontics, we clean out the canals where the nerve is dying, disinfect the canal space, and then seal the space so they body can heal.
Our goal is always to restore your teeth and keep as many of them as we can—with a focus on providing relief from your pain and helping your teeth look their best.
What causes a tooth to die?
In many cases, teeth die either because of a problem that developed such as decay, a traumatic event the tooth experienced or as a result of a lot of dental work being performed on the tooth. Any of these situations can cause the nerve tissues in the tooth to begin the process of dying.
The loss of vitality necessitates either endodontic treatment or extraction. A root canal, as mentioned earlier, will be your only option to attempt to keep the tooth.
The best option is prevention
If normal oral hygiene is consistently applied, it may not be such a fairytale to have no cavities or periodontal issues at your six-month check-ups. These activities include brushing with an FDA-approved toothpaste three times daily, flossing daily and going to see your dentist for six-month check-ups.