Most people loathe the idea of receiving root canal treatment. However, root canal therapy remains one of the most common procedures performed by dentists around the world. Preceding the root canal procedure is typically a recurring or persistent toothache. Because pain leads to the need for treatment, most people continue to associate root canal therapy with pain, an inaccurate assumption that leads many to avoid seeing the dentist until it is too late and they must receive the very treatment they fear.
Another unfortunate assumption about the root canal is that the dentist actually wants to perform this procedure. If you wonder “Is there an office around me in Pickering where I can feel comfortable?” we invite you to contact Esquire Dental Centres. Our preference is to help our patients avoid the need for extensive treatments. Preserving natural tooth structure is always the ideal that we strive for. In choosing your dental provider, you can trust that the care you receive from our team will be designed to achieve necessary goals.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner chamber of a tooth has become infected by oral bacteria. There are several ways this may occur. Fortunately, the most common source of infected pulp can be prevented with routine care and hygiene. Most people require root canal therapy when a cavity has progressed to a point where bacteria have entered the pulp chamber of the tooth. When we detect and treat cavities early, as we can do with routine check-ups, it is possible to avoid the need for a root canal in most situations.
Scheduling dental care at the first sign of pain will typically allow conservative care and persistent or intense pain can be prevented. While pain relievers may be taken at home to minimize discomfort, this method is a very poor substitute for professional dental care. In order to reverse the infection process and stop oral bacteria, proper restorative care must be performed as soon as possible.
Will your dentist push for root canal therapy? The simple answer is maybe. When a tooth can be repaired in a conservative manner, then we will do so. If infection is present and obvious through pain and diagnostic imaging, the best way to save a tooth is with proper care, which may be a root canal.
It is important for us to build trust with our patients, which we do one visit at a time. Schedule your dental check-up today to give your smile the best possible care.
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