The root canal procedure has gotten a bad reputation over the years thanks to media portrayal. The common person thinks the root canal procedure is painful and cumbersome. Really, it’s more akin to getting a cavity filled.

If you believe you could benefit from a root canal procedure but you’re avoiding the dentist, this can cause a number of costlier problems down the road. Here are some reasons why you should make an appointment with Atlantic Family Dentistry if you believe you may need to have a root canal done.

Your tooth could be infected.

Ignore this long enough and the tooth may even die. The outer layers of the tooth are made of stern material, but the tooth’s inner pulp is soft, living tissue. This tissue can easily become infected from scenarios like cracked tooth surfaces, deep down tooth decay, or many other reasons. Teeth begin to degenerate, slowly starting to die away. Sure, it’s a worst-case scenario, but it happens. Root canals help quell pain and also remove infection, sealing off the tooth from future damage.

Root canals relieve pain.

It’s a myth that the root canal is the most painful procedure. The procedure itself is virtually pain free. Putting off a root canal will only make matters worse. After the root canal, you will experience an absence of pain, likely wondering why you didn’t get it done sooner.

Don’t let the pain resolve itself.

If you have intense pain that eventually subsides, that could be because your nerves are dying. This doesn’t at all mean that the infection is gone. As a matter of fact, and is likely spreading and causing new problems.

Things can and will get worse.

Leave a root canal problem untreated and the bacteria that resides in infected pulp may travel through your tooth’s roots into your jaw and gum tissue, leading to abscesses, which require urgent care. Abscesses also cause inflammation throughout the body. If left untreated by a dentist, you run the risk of stroke or even heart disease.

Root canals are conservative procedures that save your natural tooth.

Neglecting a root canal problem? You could likely lose an entire tooth over it. Getting a root canal done sooner rather than later saves your teeth and gums. It also preserves your bite and protects dental work you’ve previously had done.

We hope by now that we’ve convinced you not to ignore your root canal. If you suffer from tooth pain, schedule a visit with Atlantic Family Dentistry today.