Do you need a root canal? What should you do if you have braces? In this video, Diamond Braces orthodontist Dr. Arianna Papasikos explains what happens if you need a root canal during braces treatment.
Yes! A root canal is totally possible with braces. Let your orthodontist know that your dentist has prescribed a root canal. Your orthodontist may remove the braces from that tooth that needs the root canal so that the dentist can do the procedure. Once the root canal is done, your orthodontist will replace the bracket on the tooth, and it should continue aligning into place as before.
Luckily, because a root canal only targets one tooth, simply removing the bracket from that tooth will give your dentist full access to fix the issue. In some cases, you may not even need to remove the bracket in order for the root canal to take place.
Your orthodontist does not replace your dentist: they have different roles to protect your oral health. You should continue to visit the dentist every 6 months throughout your braces treatment. Your dentist will do general cleanings – yes, these are possible with braces, and dentists are very accustomed to cleaning teeth even if they are being treated with braces!
They will also be able to assess your oral health and let you know of any steps you should take to improve the hygiene of your teeth, mouth, gums, and orthodontic appliance. And, if there are any dental issues such as cavities or tooth decay, they will be able to treat it early before it develops further and causes damage.
Avoiding dental issues in the first place is the best way to keep your smile healthy. Rather than having to worry about dental treatments during braces, taking consistent, good care of your teeth will help you avoid the problem in the first place!
See your dentist regularly, twice a year, to make sure your teeth are healthy and clean, and your smile is protected for a lifetime.
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