Root canals are one of the most dreaded dental procedures. But for no good reason. This endodontic procedure is unfortunately surrounded by several misconceptions, which is why many patients are tempted to delay or avoid root canals when they are recommended. This could be a very serious mistake.
Here are a few leading reasons why you shouldn’t delay getting root canal therapy:
Your Tooth Is Infected and Dying
A root canal is designed to carefully remove the infected or diseased inner portion of the tooth, where the soft, living tissues and nerves reside. The inner pulp of a tooth can become infected when bacteria is allowed to penetrate the hard outer surface (due to deep decay, cracks, etc.). If the infected tissues are not removed, the infection can spread and the tooth may eventually die.
Root Canals Alleviate Pain
Contrary to popular belief, root canals actually relieve pain, not cause pain. The procedure itself is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. However, the infected tissues and nerves of your tooth are extremely painful, and the sooner you have a root canal to remove those structures, the sooner you can get out of pain.
It’ll Get Worse, Not Better
An infected tooth is a dental problem that just doesn’t heal on its own. Some patients may be fooled into thinking their infected tooth is getting better when their pain suddenly goes away. Make no mistake, this is not because the infection went away, it is likely due to the fact that the nerves inside the tooth finally died. The infection is still there and endangering your tooth’s survival as well as the surrounding teeth, gums and jaw. In fact, an untreated infected tooth can even become a systemic threat, leading to inflammation throughout your entire body.
Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Tooth
By avoiding or neglecting a root canal, you could get yourself in a position where an extraction is the only option. Before you assume that removing the infected tooth is a favorable option, you should consider the consequences of missing teeth. In order to avoid shifting teeth, bite problems, increased risk for decay and other dental problems, the missing tooth will need to be replaced. Getting a dental implant is a much more extensive and costly procedure than getting a root canal!
Has a root canal been suggested for your smile? Don’t put it off. At West Hill Family Dental, we are happy to explain this endodontic procedure in detail. When you know the facts about root canal therapy, you’ll quickly be put at ease about its benefits for your smile health.