A mere mention of root canal treatment can induce the fear of the supernatural in you and make your heart beat faster. You probably do not realize a root canal does not cause more pain than a filling and are concerned why the professional in general dentistry has recommended it for you. You could even be thinking about what could happen if you avoid a root canal. As you are not thinking clearly we would like to recommend that you read this article to understand why you shouldn’t be avoiding a root canal treatment.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment provided to repair and save a badly infected tooth. The dentist will be cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. The damaged pulp within the tooth will be removed by the dentist before cleaning and disinfecting it and filling it gutta-percha. The tooth will be sealed after the procedure to protect it. As you are fearful about the procedure let us inform you that local anesthesia will be administered to the tooth undergoing the procedure to make you comfortable.
If general dentistry has recommended a root canal you don’t have many choices but to have it. The treatment will only be recommended if you have a deep cavity, dental trauma or a cracked tooth. You may already be suffering from pain but the mention of a root canal will help you to alleviate the pain should make it easier for you to accept the recommended treatment. Still, wondering what happens if you don’t get the root canal? Continue reading to understand the consequences of avoiding a root canal.
If you are recommended a root canal the pulp within your tooth is certainly infected. Left by itself it has the freedom to expand its wings from the tooth to the gum and the jawbone surrounding the infected pulp. If the infection is concerning and left untreated it can cause you to lose your tooth or part of your jaw or even lead to dental abscesses or a life-threatening stroke, sepsis, or heart attack. As the infection progresses so will the pain which will be excruciating.
When general dentistry recommends a root canal that you are reluctant to have the only option available for you would be to have the tooth extracted. Extraction is the only alternative to a root canal but the better option is to save your natural tooth. Extraction should only be considered as a last resort and should never be your first option simply because you fear a root canal. The extraction will not relieve you from the pain that you are suffering from but will heap more pain on you because you will need replacements for the tooth in the form of bridges or dental implants that are not just painful but will also cost you a significant sum of money as a tooth replacement option. Therefore it is suggested that you compare the costs of having root canal treatment with the costs of dental bridges or dental implants and discuss with your dentist to make an informed decision to undergo root canal treatment.
Despite having acquired a notorious reputation of being painful modern-day dentistry has ensured that root canals are no more painful than having a dental filling placed. You must understand that local anesthesia will be administered to you before the procedure begins. The endodontic surgeon performing the treatment will ensure you are fully comfortable before drilling a tiny hole on the surface of your tooth to access the canals. He or she will be using small files to remove the infected pulp from the canals to eradicate the infection from the tooth.
After the initial steps have been completed, the endodontic surgeon will disinfect the canal and fill it with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha before sealing the tooth to protect it. You will be free to walk away from the procedure after it is over with some discomfort in your jaw which is a natural consequence of any dental procedure.
The treatment would have rendered the tooth fragile making it prone to fractures and cracks and therefore you will have to visit general dentistry again to have a crown placed over the tooth that underwent the endodontic procedure. Root canals are highly successful and help to preserve the tooth in most cases. The treatment relieves you from the pain you are enduring to help you lead a life without pain.