So your dentist told you that you needed a root canal, but you’ve decided that since your tooth isn’t hurting, you’re just going to put your treatment off. It may not seem like a very big deal right now, but this common misconception by dental patients is something that can cause them severe pain, costly treatment, and extensive dental visits later on.
Even though your tooth isn’t hurting you, a tooth in need of a root canal is already compromised and more susceptible to fractures, bacterial infections, and can easily reach the point where it is no longer clinically treatable. This is because weakened enamel does not withstand normal biting or grinding functions, and fractures easily. Cavities or fractures that continue to spread infections deeper into the nerve may affect other areas in the face, including the brain, causing hospitalization. Just because the tooth doesn’t hurt, doesn’t mean it’s ok to wait to fix it. The tooth may have nerve damage that prevents typical toothache symptoms from appearing until they are very severe. Painful toothaches often appear at the most inconvenient times, making it difficult for you to get access to professional dental care.
If you’re not sure whether the prescribed treatment is what you really need, it’s ok to get a second opinion. The best thing to do is get your treatment completed as quickly as possible, ensuring that a large portion of healthy enamel is preserved. Most endodontic therapy appointments take approximately one and a half hours, and are just as comfortable as having a filling done. After your root canal is completed, you’ll want to be sure to have a permanent crown placed over the treated tooth.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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