If you have a tooth that has damaged or infected pulp in its center, you will need to have a root canal treatment. At our dental office in West Nyack NY, Apex Endodontics, our dentist, Dr. Michael Sang Ro, will provide you with complete root canal care; however, after this treatment is performed it is important that you practice excellent oral hygiene.
When patients come to our dental office in West Nyack NY to have a root canal treatment, the good news is that root canal treatments are effective in saving teeth in over 90% of cases. However, after you have a root canal treatment, it is extremely important that you have excellent oral hygiene to make sure that the tooth remains healthy. There are times when a root canal treatment will fail, and this can sometimes be attributed to poor oral hygiene on the part of the patient. Once the root canal treatment is performed, and the tooth has healed, you will probably need to get a porcelain crown to protect the tooth. Problems can occur where the area around the porcelain crown can leak, and the tooth will become re-infected. Also, certain sealants may naturally have problems. However, it is also important that you keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible to prevent the development of gum disease or dental cavities. If your tooth, which has had a root canal treatment, develops a cavity, you will not feel it because the nerve of the tooth has been removed. Infection can travel to the central tooth again, and you will once again be at risk for losing the tooth. If you do not keep your gums healthy, the gums may recede and make it easier for infection to reach the tooth again, as well. For these reasons, it is more important than ever to make sure that you follow an excellent at-home dental cleaning regimen, and that you have periodic dental cleanings after a root canal.
For an appointment to meet with our dentist at our dental office in West Nyack NY, contact us today.