Root canals are essential to oral health care and, unlike people think, they're not that painful. On the contrary, root canals relieve pain. Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your Lakeville, MN, dentists, Dr. Thomas Nomeland and Dr. Rebecca Nomeland, to treat your tooth pain.
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
What is a root canal?
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate enamel and dentin and reach the pulp, this results in pain. Your Lakeville dentist removes the pulp and disinfects the canal. Your doctor then seals the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Why do people need root canals?
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then plaque and tartar build-up on teeth. Plaque produces bacteria that eat into teeth, producing cavities.
What does the root canal procedure consist of?
A tooth consists of four layers. The outermost layer is enamel, white part of tooth that's also the strongest. The second layer, under the enamel, is called dentin and it is soft yellow and softer. The third layer is the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is the cementum, which anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
How can you prevent needing root canals in the future?
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
- Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay and help repair teeth
- Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
- Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
If you have any questions, or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentists, Drs. Thomas Nomeland and Rebecca Nomeland, in Lakeville, MN. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (952) 985-8885.