You take moderately good care of your teeth, but everything feels okay, so you figure you’re on the right track. But this time at your routine check-in appointment, your dentist tells you that you need a root canal. Since nothing hurts, you decide to postpone the procedure because this is a busy time of year for you, and you just don’t have the time.
Postponing a Root Canal Is a Bad Idea
If your dentist recommends a root canal, it’s because an infection is threatening the health of your tooth, and, without treatment, it will continue to spread and threaten not just other teeth, but your general health as well. Your head is a dangerous place to have an infection as it can spread to your jawbone, sinuses, and brain without treatment.
Other important reasons to have a root canal as soon as your doctor recommends it are:
- It won’t go away on its own - Infections usually don’t just disappear on their own and an infected root canal won’t go away without treatment.
- Your tooth is dying – You need treatment right away to relieve your pain and prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth.
- Treatment can save the tooth – If your dentist doesn’t treat the infection, you are at high risk for losing the tooth, either because it’s needed to stop the pain or because all its nerves have died.
Modern, Stress-Free Root Canals
If you put off treatment because of the reputation root canals have, you should know that a lot has changed in recent years. Updated technology and techniques make root canal procedures today more comfortable and efficient than ever before. And at Springbrook Family Dentistry, if you feel anxious, Dr. Jennifer Finney can offer nitrous oxide sedation to help you remain calm and makes root canals in East Aurora as stress-free as possible.
Please don’t risk your health and postpone needed treatment. Please call us so we can arrange your procedure as soon as possible.