Quiz: Avoiding Root Canal Therapy

quizblueHave you been wondering what you can do to avoid the need for root canal therapy? First, it is important that you realize this helpful, effective treatment is comfortable and can save your tooth – if we suggest one, you can expect a wonderful experience. However, it’s also very beneficial to become familiar with the ways to prevent an infection and the subsequent need for a root canal. To find out whether you’re already well versed in protecting your smile (or if you need a few more hints), enjoy a quick quiz.

True-or-False Quiz: Root Canal Therapy

  1. True or False: If we recommend root canal therapy to improve your oral health, you can avoid scheduling it until your tooth hurts.
  2. True or False: One effective way of avoiding the need for root canal therapy is remaining completely dedicated to your preventive care.
  3. True or False: Keeping up with restorative care is also a very good way to prevent the need for root canals.

Quiz Answers

  1. False. If your tooth does not yet hurt, that is a good sign that the infection has not become severe. This means the chance of successfully saving your tooth with root canal therapy is quite good. Wait too long, and we may simply need to extract your tooth.
  2. True. Infections commonly occur due to poor preventive care. If you fail to brush and floss (and visit us for cleaning and checkups) cavities and other damage may occur and remain untreated. This leaves openings in your teeth, through which bacteria may invade and cause infection.
  3. True. When we suggest restorative treatments like fillings or crowns, we suggest you take the recommendation seriously. By waiting to repair tooth damage, you leave your tooth vulnerable to avoidable infection.