Root canal treatment is an important step in saving an infected tooth from extraction. However, making sure you preserve your tooth for the years to come requires good oral health habits. According to the American Dental Association, your restored tooth can last up to a lifetime if you continue to care for your teeth and gums and have regular dental checkups. Preserving your tooth from extraction and root canal failure saves you time, money, and hassle in the long run. Consider the following guidelines to keep your restored tooth healthy and functioning properly.
While a root canal treatment preserves your tooth from extraction, it does not restore your tooth to full functioning capacity. While the tooth is still firmly rooted in the gums, the tooth itself can be somewhat brittle after treatment. To ensure that you maintain regular chewing support and avoid further infection, Orem endodontist Dr. Jon W. Jenson recommends getting a dental crown or other restoration placed soon after root canal treatment. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of porcelain that is sealed over the top of your existing tooth. The porcelain provides chewing support and the aesthetics of a natural tooth.
Flossing and Brushing
Since most teeth needing root canal therapy get infected through tooth cracks or decay, the best way to avoid additional decay is through daily dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing twice daily help to remove any plaque or bacteria that could begin eating away at your teeth. Maintaining good oral health habits not only preserves your restored tooth, but it also prevents surrounding teeth from needing root canal treatment.
Regular Dental Visits
While flossing and brushing are effective at cleaning away bacteria and plaque, it is impossible for the regular toothbrush to reach everywhere. Biannual dental cleanings are an important part of preventing buildup from decaying your teeth.
To learn more about how to preserve your restored tooth and surrounding teeth, call our Orem endodontic office today.