For many decades, individuals with deep infection in a tooth have been treated with root canal therapy. Due to its longstanding use and the nature of early dental care, the root canal procedure may not have been as comfortable as it is today. As such, root canal therapy has long had a reputation as being painful. The truth is, this beneficial treatment is often performed when a tooth has become damaged and ache or intense pain has developed. The pain associated with root canal treatment is only that which precedes the actual procedure. The procedure itself eliminates pain.
Our teeth are made of durable material and covered in the hardest substance in the entire body. Still, the risk of tooth damage exists. The primary source of tooth damage is oral bacteria, living microorganisms that are fed by sugar compounds present in our foods and beverages. Coupled with an acidic environment that weakens enamel, oral bacteria can cause cavities, holes in the teeth that typically start off so small that they provide no warning signs. By the time pain sets in, a cavity may have grown quite large, paving the way for bacteria to enter the pulp chamber, where the root lies.
The root of a tooth may also become infected directly if gum disease is present. When gum disease develops, oral bacteria may thrive around and below the gums. As gum tissue pulls away from teeth, bacteria move into the pockets, exposing roots to their acid byproduct.
Any tooth pain is an indication of a dental problem, and should be assessed by your dentist right away. At Esquire Dental Centres, we understand that no one really likes the idea of root canal therapy. In our offices in Pickering, North York, and Scarborough, we provide outstanding preventive care in hopes of helping our patients avoid infection and tooth damage. It is our desire to detect problems like cavities as early as possible, when they can be treated conservatively with bonded fillings or another appropriate restoration. The expansion of an untreated cavity will lead to infection in pulp tissue, and will require the root canal procedure in order to avoid tooth loss and extensive oral infection.
Many people attempt to treat tooth pain with home remedies. Such practices are dangerous because they do not address the problem that has caused pain. To restore comfort is only one part of care. Restoring oral health is what is really important. Best yet, we like to help our patients avoid pain and restorative treatment! Take advantage of preventive dental care with our experienced team. Call one of our offices to arrange your check-up and cleaning.
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