The words "root canal" evoke fear in some individuals who are told that they need to have the procedure performed. Root canal treatments are among the most common procedures dentists recommend and complete. The fear that some individuals feel is referred to as dental anxiety, and it often comes from them assuming that the procedure will cause them pain. Dentists have a variety of anesthesia options available to ensure patient comfort during the procedure and post-treatment.
Root canal treatments are generally recommended to prevent tooth loss. Individuals who need them show signs of pulp damage from infections, inflammation, or tooth trauma. If the treatment is not performed, there is an increased risk of infections getting worse and potentially causing life-threatening situations. Tooth loss or non-negotiable tooth extractions are also potential outcomes. The following points identify potential complications that stem from delayed treatment.
One of the reasons that the pulp of teeth gets infected is exposure to bacteria. This can happen when tooth enamel is compromised by cavities, tooth cracks, or chipped teeth. The bacteria that enter through the openings feast on the pulp and the teeth. Left untreated, the bacteria will cause irreparable damage resulting in tooth loss or a need for a tooth extraction. Root canal procedures are designed to preserve natural teeth. After the treatment, dentists use dental crowns to protect teeth against reinfection.
This oral condition presents itself with inflamed or swollen gums that may feel sensitive or tender. Individuals might notice that their gums bleed when they brush their teeth. This is referred to as gingivitis and is a precursor to gum disease if left untreated. Gingivitis is treatable. Early stages of gum disease are treatable too, but the advanced stage is called periodontitis and may require lifetime treatments to protect against tooth loss.
Periodontitis may develop when individuals have severe tooth infections that are not treated. Teeth in this condition are likely to have abscesses which are pustules that contain dangerous bacteria. It is possible for the pus-filled sacs to burst and cause medical emergencies. This is why dentists urge individuals to get root canal treatments and avoid serious consequences.
A dentist is a good resource for individuals to use if they experience toothaches, which are often a sign that a root canal is needed. Dentists can perform oral examinations and use X-rays to identify inflammation and infection. They can explain the procedure and available sedation options. Dentists can also advise individuals about how missing teeth will affect them if tooth loss occurs.Share
6 December 2022
Hi, my name is Kevin Nelson and I want to tell you about my experience. I had a painful tooth so I went to see my dentist. After the examination, he said that I needed to have a root canal to save the tooth. I told the dentist to just pull the tooth instead and then he explained why that wasn't a good idea. He said that pulling the tooth would cause additional problems and then he told me what could happen. I didn't want any more problems, so the dentist did the root canal and I'm glad that he did. I wanted to write a blog to tell others about the benefits of a root canal and what to expect during the procedure. I hope that by getting the word out, other people won't make the same mistake that I almost did by getting a perfectly good tooth pulled.