Root Canal – Getting to the root of things without taking out the root!

23 Jan

It is a common occurrence that we may get the occasional toothache or feel some sort of discomfort. For the most part, a few ibuprofen or a little bit of Orajel does the trick. However it is extremely important to be able to distinguish between a minor toothache and a more serious problem.

On a daily basis, adults as well as kids consume sugary snacks and beverages, even if you are a healthy eater, it doesn’t mean that your teeth are safe. Acidic foods and drinks, such as fruits and juices can strip your enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable. All of these culprits contribute to tooth decay and if left untreated can result in a root canal.

A root canal, although a common procedure, can leave people feeling weary and this is why many of us choose to ignore that nagging pain in our palette and choose to not get treatment.

A root canal if not treated can lead to a number of unpleasant side effects such as swollen lymph nodes. This occurs when your body is fighting off an infection, in this case a tooth abscess. This can be painful as well as very uncomfortable. A more serious side-effect of untreated tooth decay is sepsis. This can be potentially life threatening if the infection spreads to the blood.

A good dentist believes in educating his patients on the importance of dental health as well as treating the problem before it is too late. When your dentist diagnosis a cavity that needs to be filled, even if you don’t feel pain, it’s a good idea to listen to the warning because by the time you feel something it might be too late.

From a cost perspective it is less expensive for you as a patient to treat tooth decay early by getting a composite filling rather than a root canal, post, buildup and a crown.  As a leading dentist in Corona Del Mar, Doctor Saliba believes in early detection and prevention.  He says “time doesn’t heal tooth decay, only a dentist does, the goal is to avoid a root canal”.  This unwavering commitment by Doctor Saliba at his private office Selective Dentistry has earned him the respect of his patients and colleagues alike, at this unique private dental office,  you will find a comfortable and anxiety free environment, which will put your mind at ease.

Maybe the old way of thinking should be thrown out the door, a dentist visit shouldn’t be scheduled after you feel pain, get to the root of things early, thus avoiding a root canal.


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