How Skipping a Regular Cleaning Could Lead to a Root Canal
If there’s one thing that people shouldn’t neglect when it comes to their dental needs it’s their biannual cleanings, says Riyad Alie of Alie Dental Associates. Such cleanings are ideally undertaken every six months. They are a preventive measure for the patient, allowing the dentist in College Park to obtain a medical profile of sorts of the patient’s mouth, jaw, and teeth. This profile helps the dentist chart treatment into the future.
Alie says people often make the excuse that they missed or skipped their biannual cleaning because they didn’t feel any obvious pain or because they have been very diligent about brushing and flossing. While those are positive signs, says Alie, that doesn’t mean foregoing the cleaning is all right. The College Park dentist is highly trained to see things the patient can’t. By using X-Rays and checking each tooth, Alie could find ways to prohibit latent conditions from getting out of hand.
In particular, Alie says that small cavities that have no symptomatic pain could balloon into the need for a root canal. Just because there’s no obvious pain doesn’t mean there’s no cavity developing. Patients who don’t come in for routine cleanings and check-ups may find that what was once a small cavity has grown. Eventually, a filling will not fix the problem because the tooth rot has gotten so close to the tooth’s nerve. Then a root canal is the only solution, and a root canal is a fairly serious procedure. The problem is that as the cavity approaches the nerve, bacteria gets close to the nerve, and a filling will no longer be sufficient to clean out the tooth and fix it up, because bacteria could become trapped near the nerve under the filling. If the decay is short of the nerve, says Alie, then it can be scooped out and the abscess can be filled in.
Say you have a small cavity but you don’t know it because there are no symptoms—no pain. If you visit the College Park dentist for regular cleanings, he could catch that cavity in time to scoop out the decay and give you a filling even without anesthesia because it could be so shallow. But the longer you wait, the deeper the cavity could go. This can happen if you neglect to visit the College Park dentist regularly. This kind of scenario precipitates the effects of decay, leading to the need for a root canal.
Similarly, with cracked teeth the situation can get worse if the patient believes they don’t need to see a dentist. When cracked teeth don’t hurt, that means the nerves have died. So patients who say they don’t need to see a dentist because they have no pain are actually in a worst-case broken-tooth scenario. Significant measures will have to be taken by the College Park dentist to replace or repair the tooth. Basically, regular check-ups with a dentist are key to the best kind of oral hygiene.
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