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August 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Get that Root Canal

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The term “root canal” has an unfortunate negative connotation associated with it, a stigma attached to the procedure reinforced by movies, television, and largely exaggerated by the media.

Many folks avoid seeing the dentist because they are afraid of pain associated with looming, unaddressed oral health issues. Just like ignoring signs of ill overall health, ignoring the messages your teeth and gums keep sending to you is equally as dangerous.

Not going to the dentist can cause a number of additional, more costly problems down the road. One of the most common reasons patients avoid seeing us is that they believe they’ll have to get a root canal procedure done. When we give our patients the news, that they do indeed require a root canal, we get a similar reaction as a doctor would diagnosing a major illness.

But here are some reasons why you should never avoid seeing your dentist, especially because you think you may need to have a root canal done.

1. Your tooth could be infected and could even be dying.

Your tooth’s outer layers are made of hard material, but your tooth’s inner pulp is made out of soft, living tissue. Sometimes this tissue can get infected from something as simple as a cracked tooth surface, deep down decay, or a multitude of additional reasons. At this point the tooth can begin to degenerate and start to die away. If this worst-case scenario happens, you’re going to need an emergency root canal, which will quell your pain, control the infection, and stop the infection from spreading to your other healthy teeth.

2. Root canals are designed to relieve pain, not cause it.

People widely consider the root canal to be one of the more painful dental procedures, but it’s simply not true. A root canal doesn’t cause you pain, it will relieve your pain. The procedure itself is actually fairly pain free. A root canal is most similar to a cavity treatment. To put it simply, if you’re having pain in your tooth, chances are you’ll need a root canal. Putting it off will only make things worse and you’ll be holding on to the pain associated with this tooth malady. When you get the root canal procedure done, you’ll experience an absence of pain. Seriously, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t get it done sooner.

3. If the pain resolves itself, that’s a bad sign.

Sure, some injuries and illnesses will in some cases take care of themselves. But this is not the case for problems with your teeth. When you ignore root canal pain and wait too long, your discomfort could very well disappear. But the underlying cause of the absence of pain is because your nerves have died. That doesn’t mean the infection is gone. It’s still there, as a matter of fact, and it can spread and cause additional problems.

4. Things can (and will) worsen.

Leave a root canal problem untreated and the bacteria that resides in infected pulp may travel through your tooth’s roots into your jaw and gum tissue. You know that underground tunnel Elon Musk keeps talking about? Imagine one of those but for bacteria needing quick and easy access to your entire mouth. This situation could lead to pus-filled abscesses, which often require urgent treatment. Abscesses can also cause inflammation through the entire body, causing a stroke or even heart disease.

5. A root canal can save your natural tooth.

If you’re neglecting your root canal problem, you could likely lose your entire tooth. Between that and having the procedure done to save the tooth, is there really a choice here? Getting the root canal procedure done sooner rather than later will help save your teeth and gums. It will also help preserve your bite and protect important dental work you’ve already had done.

We hope we’ve convinced you that ignoring your root canal is out this year. If you suffer from tooth pain, schedule your consultation with NYC Endodontics today. We’ll get to the bottom of the problem and set you up for great oral health in the future.

Why You Need to Floss

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A lot of people don’t like flossing, and it shows in the data. According to a recent study, over one third of the country says that they never floss. Some don’t believe that it helps. Others simply forget, particularly when they’re rushing off to work in the morning or tired late at night. But with the ability to clean between your teeth using traditional floss, dental flossers, and even battery-powered flossing devices, there’s no excuse not to floss on a regular basis. Regardless of how you do it, here’s a reminder from New York City Endodontics on why flossing is such an important factor towards maintaining a healthy smile.

Prevents Dental Plaque Buildup

When you don’t floss, you put yourself at risk of two major dental health issues in your mouth: Cavities between your teeth and gingivitis. Without flossing, you won’t be able to remove dental plaque buildup, and there are over 1,000 bacteria in dental plaque. These bacteria breed more bacteria and can sit on your gum tissue, causing it to become irritated, red, and inflamed.

This dental plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis, and by allowing the growth of harmful bacteria between the enamel of your teeth, you also run the risk of cavities developing in those areas you simply can’t reach with your toothbrush. Cavities between your teeth can lead to extensive dental procedures, and gingivitis — if left untreated — can progress to periodontal disease.

Stops Gum Bleeding

Some people don’t floss because it causes their gums to bleed. Well, while it may seem counterintuitive, that bleeding is occurring because you don’t floss enough. When you don’t floss and allow bacteria to sit on your gum line, your body sends red blood cells to help fight off any infections. So your gums will never stop bleeding if you don’t floss.

Improves Whole Body Health

Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory disease have all been linked to gum disease. That’s because the bacteria caused by periodontal disease can slip into the bloodstream and other areas of your body like your heart or respiratory tract. Thus, flossing cuts down on the risk of developing any of these serious conditions, and can even improve your condition if you’re already affected.

Especially Important While Pregnant

Hormonal changes mean that pregnant women are more susceptible to many dental issues, including gingivitis. And gum disease is linked to both premature births and low birth weights. So when you’re pregnant, you’re flossing for two.

You should floss at least once a day, ideally right before bed so you can remove any residual food and plaque from along your gum line and between your teeth. Use wax-coated floss so that it doesn’t shred between teeth. While it may seem like a hassle, flossing is an integral part of maintaining a strong oral health regimen.

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