Can You Get a Cavity After a Root Canal?
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One of the most frequently asked questions that a dentist receives about root canal aftercare is whether it is still possible to develop a cavity, particularly after the fitting of the dental crown following the procedure. The short answer is yes, it is possible, but developing a cavity following a root canal is easy to avoid with proper oral hygiene.

Cavity prevention after a root canal

It is important to practice good oral hygiene following a root canal procedure to avoid a number of potential oral health concerns, including the development of a cavity. The following is everything to know about caring for a tooth and preventing a cavity after a root canal procedure.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure performed on a decayed or damaged tooth that has developed an infection inside of its root. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected pulp inside the tooth’s root and replace it with a healthy substance. A root canal procedure involves drilling a small hole into the tooth, removing and replacing the infected tooth pulp and eventually covering the tooth with a dental crown.

When to consider a root canal

There are many reasons a tooth might become infected, and cracked, chipped and decayed teeth increase the risk of a tooth infection. There are several symptoms that are often prevalent during a tooth infection and indicate the need for a root canal, including tooth sensitivity, swollen gums and if the tooth is loose. It is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible when a root canal might be needed.

Risk of a cavity after a root canal

A root canal procedure is meant to restore the health, function and appearance of an infected tooth. Of course, developing a cavity after a root canal procedure can jeopardize the health of the tooth and may continue to cause complications. While the dental crown placed over a tooth following a root canal works well to protect the tooth from bacteria and food particles, it is still susceptible to erosion if good oral hygiene is not practiced consistently.

How to care for a tooth after a root canal

The best way to prevent a cavity following a root canal procedure is to practice good oral hygiene, which should involve brushing several times a day, flossing and using mouthwash daily and checking for any signs of an oral health concern. It is also important to visit the dentist on a regular basis for all scheduled check-ups and anytime that oral health concerns, such as signs of gum disease or tooth pain, develop.

A dentist can help with cavity prevention

A dentist can help you maintain good oral health after a root canal procedure and ensure that the tooth operated on remains strong and lasts for years. If you are interested in learning more about cavity prevention following a root canal procedure, then consult with us today and find out how we can help.

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