Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may trigger dread or even panic. While root canals have unfairly acquired a poor reputation, it is not uncommon for patients to put off this important endodontic treatment or avoid it altogether. The truth is, your root canal can both save your tooth and bring you out of pain – it is not a treatment you should shy away from!
If pain is what you fear with your root canal therapy, you’ll be glad to know that most patients report that their root canal is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. Instead of causing pain, your root canal treatment will relieve pain. If you’ve been told you need this endodontic therapy, it is likely because your tooth nerves are infected or damaged, which means you are already suffering from intense and disruptive pain.
Why is a Root Canal Necessary?
If your outer tooth layer (enamel) is damaged or decayed, it can typically be repaired with a dental filling or crown. However, if the infection has penetrated the inner portion of the tooth, the nerves are likely to be involved. This can not only evoke extreme pain and sensitivity, but it can also compromise the life of the tooth.
A root canal procedure removes the damaged tooth pulp, cleans the inner chamber and seals the tooth off for future protection. Put simply, a root canal saves your natural tooth and helps you avoid an extraction and dental implant.
Dangers of Avoiding a Root Canal
Still tempted to reschedule or cancel your root canal? Consider yourself at risk for the following:
- Worsening Pain– root canals are the only way to alleviate the excruciating pain of an infected tooth.
- Spreading Infection – not only are your neighboring teeth in danger, but a dental infection can also enter your bloodstream and affect your overall health.
- Tooth Loss – whether the tooth falls out on its own or a tooth extraction is warranted, you’ll eventually need to replace the missing tooth with a bridge or implant.
Ready to schedule that root canal? Call Downriver Smiles today. With our relaxing amenities, sedation dentistry and caring staff, we can provide a comfortable and rewarding experience for every patient.