Many people are apprehensive about visiting the dentist for a regular examination. Even more so once they learn they need to undergo a treatment for an existing dental problem. This anxiety is the reason many patients delay treatment.
While some dental interventions can wait, others, such as a root canal, need urgent attention. If your dentist recently informed you that you need this procedure, you must take action. Otherwise, it can lead to harmful consequences.
The infection will spread
In most cases, root canal therapy is required due to the infection of the tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp. Generally, it is the result of a deep decay or a fracture. Once the infection takes hold, the bacteria break down the tissue, slowly killing it. This process does not stop or reverse unless a dentist performs the necessary treatment and removes the infected nerve. Otherwise, the infection will continue to spread and damage the tooth.
The pain will be unbearable
The infection causes a lot of pain, and for some, it can be debilitating. As the infection worsens, the level of pain only increases, especially when abscess has started to form at the tooth’s root. One of the purposes of removing the infected nerve is to relieve the pain, allowing the patient to bite and chew normally again.
You may be at risk for heart disease and stroke
Sometimes the pain goes away on its own; it does not mean the underlying problems are gone. When pus-filled abscess begins to develop, this means the infection has significantly worsened. Extreme cases can lead to a systemic inflammation, at which point you become at risk for heart disease and stroke.
Considering its capacity to save your tooth and restore its functionality, we advise you to undergo root canal treatment as soon as possible. Contact Bounty Road Dental Practice today so we can set an appointment for you.