Test Your Knowledge of Root Canal Treatment
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment typically involves minimal discomfort and can be completed in a single dental visit. More importantly, the procedure is often vital, and neglecting treatment can lead to the loss of your diseased tooth. Your dedicated dentist, Dr. Christopher Clark, presents important information about root canal treatment while testing your knowledge of the procedure and the disease that it’s designed to neutralize.
Tooth Decay & Root Canals—True/False Quiz
1.) Tooth decay is inevitable, and affects everyone at some point in their lives.
False—Although tooth decay affects at least one permanent tooth in over 90% of adults, the disease isn’t inevitable. With proper oral hygiene (i.e., brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, every day), regular professional maintenance, and careful dietary habits, tooth decay and cavities are largely preventable.
2.) If it develops, tooth decay can be reversed with improved hygiene.
False—Once your tooth is in the grips of decay, it cannot repair or regenerate its infected tissue. As a progressive disease, tooth decay will continue its destruction until actively treated. To save your tooth, Dr. Clark will have to remove the infected tissue and replace it with a dental filling to seal the tooth’s interior from further bacterial infection.
3.) There are no alternative treatments to a root canal procedure.
True—Root canal treatments are usually the last resort to treat extreme tooth decay and are prescribed when a tooth is barely salvageable. The procedure involves removing the infection and decayed soft tissues at the center of your tooth, then cleaning and sealing your tooth’s roots to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding gum tissue. If the infection is too great for root canal treatment to work, then the next option is often extracting and replacing the destroyed tooth.
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