Cavities and Root Canals: What's the Connection?
It may have happened to you – you get a cavity and try to ignore the pain. But part of you knows that this is wishful thinking and cavities do not go away without treatment.
The pain gets worse so you start taking ibuprofen. That helps for a while, but you finally reach a point where you just can’t bear it any more, and you make a dental appointment.
The problem is that all the time you’re avoiding a trip to the dentist, decay is eating away at your tooth. The longer you put off treatment, the deeper the cavity goes. Then one day the decay penetrates the inner core of your tooth, or the root canal, and the pain you've been ignoring becomes unbearable.
You experience this pain because the root canal contains dental pulp, nerves, and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. When decay reaches the root canal, you experience pain. Essentially, your tooth is dying. Now you’re left with two options – have root canal treatment at our Toronto dental office to remove infected tissue or lose the tooth.
You don’t like root canals? The best way to avoid them is prevention. Remember that pain is your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. If you don’t like dental visits, the best way to avoid them is by taking steps now to prevent problems from developing in the first place.
You know the routine – brush and floss twice daily and keep up with routine dental exams and cleanings. We say it over and over because we have seen for ourselves that a problem-free smile is possible with proper care.
Please don’t suffer with a painful tooth. Modern dental tools and techniques have made root canal treatment at our Toronto dental office more comfortable than ever before so you can relax and get the care you need.