If you have a tooth that needs root canal treatment, you may have many excuses for putting off your appointment. Many myths exist about the horrors of root canal treatment, but the reality is the procedure has many benefits that should convince you to keep your appointment.
Root canal treatment does not cause pain, it alleviates it. The pain you are currently experiencing is a result of the infection in your tooth. Root canal therapy removes the infected portion of the tooth, and as a result, removes the pain. Postponing root canal treatment will allow the infection in the pulp of your tooth to grow, causing your pain to increase.
Sometimes an untreated tooth will stop hurting. This simply means the nerve inside the tooth has died, but if the core of the tooth has not been cleaned and treated, the infection will continue to grow and cause larger problems. Ignoring a severely infected tooth can result in a painful abscess, which will require emergency dental care. Ultimately, leaving an infection untreated can lead to inflammation in other parts of your body and put you at risk for heart disease or stroke.
Root canal treatment saves your teeth. Untreated infection that invades the core of your tooth puts you in severe danger of complete tooth loss, which leads to other dental problems. Whenever possible, it is best to save the natural tooth. With current dental technology and sedation dentistry options, there is no longer a reason to fear and avoid necessary root canal treatment to save your infected tooth.