At Alafaya Family Dentistry, the dentist and staff offer patients a complete range of dental services. For patients in Oviedo, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry treatments are available to improve the health and aesthetics of the teeth and gums. While the husband and wife dental team, Dr. David Ross and Dr. Karen Schmitt, are happy to provide patients with the dental treatments they require, the dentists also like to focus on general and preventative dentistry. Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt know that when patients learn proper oral health practices and maintain regular dental appointments, many of the more extensive dental work can be avoided all together. That is why Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt work with patients to help them avoid severe tooth decay and root canal infection.
Preventing Root Canal Infections
Root canal infections are caused by bacteria that work their way to the center of the tooth, also known as the root canals of the tooth. Bacteria are able to get to the center of the tooth through holes, or cavities, that are formed as a result of tooth decay. It is common for patients to experience mild tooth decay, but more serious stages of decay, and root canal infections, can be easily avoided through proper oral hygiene habits. Adhering to the following practices can help most Oviedo patients avoid the need for root canal treatment:
- Maintain a strict oral hygiene routine, including brushing a minimum of two times a day and flossing at least once a day
- Rinse the mouth out with water frequently, especially following meals and snacks
- Limit consumption of foods that are especially high in starches and/or sugars
- Maintain a schedule of dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year (patients at high risk for oral health problems may require more frequent appointments)
Treating Root Canal Infections
Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt hope to help patients avoid severe dental problems, but they understand that they do occur. Patients can be assured that when treatment is needed, the highest quality of service will be delivered without judgment or condemnation. Many Oviedo patients fear root canal treatment, but when performed by experienced dentists such as Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt, it is actually a fairly simple procedure. Root canal infection treatment includes a thorough cleaning of the tooth’s root canals and the removal of infected tooth material. After Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt are satisfied that the infection has been treated, the tooth will be sealed. For patients in Oviedo, dental crowns are placed over the infected tooth to restore the tooth’s strength and act as a barrier against bacteria. Once the tooth has been treated, Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt advise patients to follow the above prevention tips in order to avoid a future root canal infection.
Schedule an Appointment
Whether patients are in need of restorative dental work or are just looking for a trusted dentist for routine dental care, Dr. Ross and Dr. Schmitt have what patients are looking for at Alafaya Family Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross or Dr. Schmitt to experience quality dental care first hand.