What Happens if You Delay a Root Canal?

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What Happens if You Delay a Root Canal?

Do you have a toothache that won't go away no matter what you do? It's important to get it checked out by a dentist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can cause real problems.

The mere mention of the term root canal is enough to strike anxiety in many people. In the past, root canals were associated with significant pain and extended recovery time. With today’s dental technology, a root canal is no longer something to fear. 

Not only that, but a root canal is necessary to save your tooth when you have a severe infection. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

At Solomon Family Dentistry, in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, our expert dentists explain why a root canal is a must to save your tooth — and why you shouldn’t delay treatment. With modern dentistry, root canals are more comfortable for patients. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a root canal? 

A root canal is a necessary procedure to save a seriously infected tooth. Your provider treats the infection and removes the damaged tissue inside the tooth.

We start by completely numbing the area, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. Fixing the tooth also eliminates the pain from the infection.

Next, your provider drills a small hole into the tooth and uses thin needles called endodontic files to clean out the root canals. After cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, your provider fills it with gutta percha, a rubber-like material that protects and seals the inside of the tooth.

The gutta percha blocks out bacteria to prevent infection. A crown restores the biting surface of the tooth and provides added protection. 

Depending on the damage to your tooth, a root canal may take one or two visits to our office.

Possible complications of delaying treatment 

When left untreated, the bacteria infecting the tooth can spread to your gums and jaw, causing problems such as a pus-filled pocket (abscess), and threatening your jaw bone health. This type of serious dental infection often causes severe pain, and swelling. 

Eventually, an untreated dental abscess can lead to a life-threatening blood infection.

If you have an abscess, your provider will carefully drain the pus and prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent further complications.

Root canals save teeth

Delaying canal treatment puts your tooth and overall health at risk. Prompt treatment can save your tooth and prevent further complications. You’re in compassionate, caring, and highly capable hands when you choose a Solomon Family Dentistry provider. Our team is devoted to keeping your smile bright. 

Give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, or book online today. Make your oral health a priority.

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