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What Happens If You Put Off a Root Canal?

September 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — summitfamilydentistry @ 12:32 am

Man with toothacheNo one wants to go to the dentist and be told that they need a root canal. For some this brings on anxiety or fear. For others, it is just put off because of a busy schedule or worries about cost. However, a root canal should never wait. Putting it off can lead to serious consequences that require more time and money to treat properly. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist in Waterford about what could happen if you refrain from getting the dental treatment that you need.

Increased Pain

If you have never had a root canal before, you have probably heard that they are unbearable and excruciatingly painful. However, this isn’t the truth. With modern dental technology and anesthetics, getting a root canal is usually no worse than having a deep filling. Because of the local anesthesia being used, you should feel little to know pain during the procedure. The root canal will actually relieve the pain that you’ve been feeling. If you put off this treatment, the pain will only get worse and it can spread to others in the mouth and body, making it even more uncomfortable to deal with. Having your root canal now can save you a great deal of pain in the future.

More Time

If you’ve been delaying your root canal because of your busy schedule, you should know that if you wait, you may require multiple appointments in order to solve an issue that can become much more serious than a simple root canal. Putting aside a little chunk of your schedule for your procedure will save you time in the long run.

Severe Further Issues

You may be thinking that the issue will go away on its own if you just give it some time. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and putting off treatment will only make it worse. Even if the pain does go away, this doesn’t mean that the issue has miraculously disappeared. This could be a sign that the nerves in your tooth have died. At this point, you are much more likely to lose your tooth and you are giving the infection time to spread to other areas in the body. If it reaches vital organs, it can even become life threatening. The longer you go without having the problem fixed, the more difficult it will be to treat.

Even though going to the dentist can be a hassle when you have a hectic schedule, you can save yourself time, money, and discomfort by dealing with the issue now. This way, you can quickly get back to your busy life.

About the Author

Dr. Dinesh Patel earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the State University at Buffalo and completed his post-graduate general dentistry residency at the Eerie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. If you think you’re needing root canal therapy, Dr. Patel would be happy to help you. For more information on root canals or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (814) 923-4510.

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