You’ll be surprised how comfortable a root canal can be at River Valley Endodontics. With high-tech equipment like a 3-D CT scanner, the option of two forms of sedation, and treatment from Dr. Reeh, a board-certified endodontist with 30-plus years of experience, you won’t experience any discomfort. Unlike a general dentist, root canals are Dr. Reeh’s specialty. He can even perform an apicoectomy, a procedure that can save a tooth even if the infection has gotten into its root.
Still, it’s natural to want to prevent a root canal. We understand! The best way to avoid one is by taking good care of your teeth. You’ll want to:
- Get Regular Exams and Cleanings – Untreated cavities can progress to the point where your tooth becomes infected and a root canal is needed. Visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning at least twice a year is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. Plus, regular exams can reveal small cracks and similar damage that may otherwise go undetected and allow bacteria to get inside your tooth.
- Limit Consumption of Soda – Soda and other beverages like energy drinks that combine high amounts of sugar and acid do a real number on teeth. Acid changes the pH in your mouth, which weakens enamel and makes it easier for cavities to form. Skip these drinks in favor of water when you can. Use a straw when drinking soda so it has less direct contact with teeth
- Brush and Floss Every Day – Practice good daily oral hygiene to prevent a root canal, by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. If you’re unable to brush after consuming sugary and/or acidic substances, rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum.
- Skip Foods That Can Damage Teeth – Ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies can all chip or crack teeth if you bite down on them – or even break a tooth. Bacteria can enter your tooth through a damaged spot, leading to infection. Be careful when eating hard foods; use the molars in the back of your mouth and not your front teeth for chewing.
- Consider a Mouthguard to Protect Teeth – If you play sports, protect your teeth against breaks and cracks by wearing a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, wearing a night guard will prevent the damage to your enamel that can result.
- Seek Attention for Dental Damage ASAP – Perhaps most important, see us right away if you are experiencing dental pain or suspect you may have damaged a tooth. Dr. Reeh will use our advanced technology to quickly diagnose your issue and determine what needs to be done. Quick action may prevent a root canal.
Think you may need a root canal or have dental damage that needs to be addressed? Call us today at 651-370-9498 for an appointment in our Stillwater, MN office.