Are you suffering from severe pain?
Contrary to common belief, root canals are not painful. Root Canals relieve pain, just ask your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. P Steven Wainess.
What are the different tooth layers?
A tooth is composed of several layers:
- The outermost layer is enamel; it's the strong and white part of the tooth.
- The second layer is dentin; it's yellowish and a bit softer.
- The third layer is the pulp; it consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- The last layer is cementum; it anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
What's a root canal?
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and the dentin, it ultimately reaches the pulp, which sometimes leads to excruciating pain.
Your St. Clair Shores dentist will then need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering and flourishing again.
Why would I need a root canal?
Poor dental hygiene is a main player when it comes to needing a root canal. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at the very least once, you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.
Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but the bacteria will eat away at your teeth wreaking havoc on your teeth and reaching the pulp.
How can I prevent a root canal?
Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like candies and soda contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and constantly drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (586) 293-1515.