Root Canals are essential to oral health care. Your Miami, FL, dentist, Dr. Richard Romay, uses root canal procedures to relieve pain and help your teeth regain their health once more.
More About Root Canals
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.
A tooth is composed of several layers. In order, they are,
- Enamel: The outermost layer; the white part of the tooth and also the strongest part.
- Dentin: Right under the enamel, this layer is yellowish and a bit softer.
- Pulp: Located in the center of the tooth, and consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- Cementum: The surface layer of the tooth root; anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and through the dentin, it reaches the nerve-rich layer of pulp, causing acute pain. Your Miami dentist will then need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, and then finally seal the canal to prevent bacteria from entering.
In order to properly care for your teeth and avoid procedures like a root canal or dental implants, you should do the following:
- Avoid Sugar: Eating sugary foods and drinks, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay, while healthy foods like apples and carrots actually help scrape plaque off teeth.
- Visit Your Dentist: Visiting your doctor twice a year for professional cleanings will allow professionals to evaluate your teeth's health. Accordingly, the dentists will then be able to notify you if there's a problem before it becomes severe or complicated.
- Use Fluoride-Containing Products: Fluoride prevents tooth decay, so make sure that you regularly use toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride.
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Miami, FL, dentist, Dr. Richard Romay. You can schedule an appointment at either our 40th Street office ((305) 667-8887) or our 88th Street location ((305) 408-3388).