When Do You Need A Root Canal?

shutterstock_257732602Tooth decay happens to many of us – and it’s not fun, either! A cavity is the last thing you want to have to deal with. Often times, when your tooth becomes severely decayed, it can cause you a great deal of pain. When do you need a root canal? This pain usually indicated your tooth needs a root canal in order to save the tooth from becoming completely decayed. Sometimes, you may not know you have a cavity. This is why visiting your dentist throughout the year can be so critical.

How Can You Prevent Cavities?

Cavities are formed from tooth decay, which is formed from bacteria known as plaque and tartar that form in the mouth. When these bacteria come in contact with sugars, acid forms that further decays your tooth. Preventing cavities is as simple as practicing good preventive dentistry; visit your dentist and brush and floss your teeth regularly.

If your more prone to bacteria, your dentist may want to see you more often throughout the year than other patients. This is only to optimize your oral health – ensuring that your bacteria is kept under control so your teeth can continue to remain healthy.

If you don’t already know how to properly brush and floss your teeth, ask your dentist for a quick demonstration or explanation to ensure that you cover all the basics. Remember, it should take you an entire two minutes each time to brush all of your teeth!

How Are Cavities Treated?

If your dentist determines you have a cavity, they’ll want to clean out the tooth decay so no bacteria is left. Usually, they’ll use a local anesthetic so you won’t feel anything because they may need to remove the entire pulp (or nerve) of your tooth depending on the severity of your cavity.

Afterwards, they’ll seal the hole so no bacteria can enter and top your tooth with a dental crown! You’ll be good to go in no time.


Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, offers families in the Austin/Central Texas area the latest in comprehensive dental care. To improve the health and function of your smile, we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as migraine and headache relief. To schedule an appointment, call our Austin office at (512) 912-7543, or our Bee Cave location at (512) 402-1955.