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What can I do to avoid a root canal treatment?

To avoid a root canal treatment, visit your dentist regularly to check for early signs of decay in your teeth. Decay that is left untreated eventually finds its way to the nerve and causes toothache and infection that can only be treated by root canal treatment or extraction. Keep your existing fillings in good shape so they don't leak and affect the nerves underneath. Sometimes a tooth will be knocked or broken, which is unavoidable. However, be aware that excessive pressure from grinding or clenching can also lead to cracks in teeth that will quickly lead to root canal treatments.

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Author: Dr Livia Naharnowicz BDSc, AAICD
First answered: 17 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Wisdom teeth

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