The Dangers of Postponing Root Canal Treatment
Most people still react with fear when they hear they need root canal therapy despite the fact modern dentistry has advanced to the point that makes these fears unwarranted.
Why You Need a Root Canal
Deep inside your tooth is an area called the pulp chamber that houses nerves and blood vessels. The root canal itself is an anatomical structure that runs through the center of this area.
Untreated tooth decay will continue to spread and grow until it reaches this part of the tooth, and when the infection reaches the nerve, you will experience intense pain. The only way to relive this pain and preserve the tooth is with root canal treatment. Otherwise the tooth will need to be extracted.
Many patients who dread the thought of the procedure may be tempted to ride out the pain and hope for the best. But an untreated infection anywhere in your body is dangerous, and an untreated infection in your tooth can be life-threatening. The infection will ultimately spread to other teeth, your jawbone, sinuses, and your brain leading to a dental abscess and even life-threatening sepsis.
Comfortable, Stress-Free Treatment
Fortunately, updated technology allows us to perform root canals at our Bonita Springs dental office that are far more efficient and comfortable than you ever thought possible.
In addition to updated equipment, at Bonita Grande Dental, we can also provide comforting sedation methods. Since every patient is unique, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that’s inhaled through a small nasal mask. You won’t go to sleep, but you will feel very relaxed, and the activity around you recedes into the background. If you need a bit more help to get you through the procedure, Dr. Michael Gostigian can prescribe a sedative for you to take before your appointment.
Please Don’t Postpone a Root Canal!
You can see that there are dangers to postponing a root canal that go far beyond your oral health. If you are in pain and suspect you may need a root canal, please call us right away. The sooner we treat the infection, the better chance we have of saving your tooth.