See your dentist as soon as possible after breaking a tooth. Some people avoid seeing their dentist if their broken tooth is not hurting them. This is not a good idea, because, over time, a tooth can break further or decay and then need more comprehensive treatment.
Protect your root canal tooth with a crown. Most teeth that have had root canal will require a crown or cap to rebuild and protect it. Unprotected teeth that have had root canal can break and may need to be removed.
Give your dentist your complete medical history. Make sure you give your dentist a complete medical history when you fill out the form, including all prescription and nonprescription medication you are taking. Make sure you tell your dentist of any change in your health since the last time you where in his or her office.
See your dentist at least twice a year, more if you have been diagnosed with gum disease. Many dental problems, like small cavities and gum disease, are painless. Missing dental appointments increase the likelihood of needing a root canal, crown, or gum treatment.
Prevent cavities by using fluoridated toothpaste. Most people are susceptible to cavities, and should use a fluoride containing toothpaste. I also recommend including a fluoride containing mouthwash or prescription strength fluoride gel for those especially cavity prone.
Avoid soda. Sodas, sweetened and unsweetened, are acidic and promote tooth decay.
Brush your teeth before bedtime. As we sleep, there is a reduction in the flow of tooth protecting saliva. Food left on your teeth overnight can contribute to tooth decay. I always recommend brushing after eating and before bed.
Get a second opinion. If you have any doubts about the treatment your dentist is prescribing, get a second or even a third opinion. The more information you have, the better decision you will make.
Ask about alternative treatment options. In most cases, there is more than one way to treat a specific problem or set of problems. Make sure your dentist gives you all of your treatment options, and the pros, cons, and costs of each option.
Know what your dental insurance covers and does not cover. There are many different types of dental plans, and the amount of coverage varies from plan to plan, and from dental office to dental office. The more you know about your dental plan, the easier it will be when checking out at the front desk when your treatment is completed.