Oral Health and Genetic Risk Factors

Has Your Dentist Recommended A Root Canal? What You Risk By Postponing The Treatment

If you're dreading the thought of scheduling your root canal, you might be doing more harm than good. Root canals are needed when teeth are injured, or when there's a deep cavity. Unfortunately, many people try to avoid root canals. If that's what you're doing, it's time to schedule your appointment. If you're not sure why you need to stop procrastinating, read the list provided below. You'll find four problems you'll face if you don't have your root canal done as soon as possible. 

You Increase Your Risk for Infection

If you have a deep cavity, the best thing you can do is schedule the root canal. If you wait too long for the root canal, your risk for infection increases. Part of the reason for the increased risk is that your tooth is exposed to the bacteria in your mouth. Unfortunately, dental infections can lead to abscesses, which can pose additional health risks for you. Before you reach that point, talk to your dentist about scheduling your root canal. 

Your Pain Continues to Escalate

If your cavity has been causing you pain, now's the time to schedule your root canal. You might think that the pain will go away without the root canal, but that's not the case. In fact, the pain will continue to increase until you have the dental procedure performed. This is especially true where infections and nerve involvement are concerned. In fact, dental pain is usually a sign that the nerve in your tooth is irritated. Once your dentist performs your root canal, the dental pain you're experiencing will subside. 

Your Tooth Continues to Decay

If your tooth is severely decayed, and your dentist has recommended a root canal, it's important that you take care of that as quickly as possible. Without proper dental care, your tooth will continue to decay. Not only that, but the decay can lead to gum disease, which can affect the rest of your teeth. Luckily, you can stop the damage caused by gum disease by having the root canal performed immediately. Following the root canal, your dentist may place a crown on the affected tooth, which will prevent the decay from returning. 

You Risk the Loss of the Tooth

If you're still postponing your root canal, it's time to start worrying about your teeth. This is especially true if the root canal you need is related to cavities, decay, or gum disease. If you continue to postpone your root canal, you risk the loss of your tooth. To avoid tooth loss, schedule your root canal right away.