A root canal is a fairly common procedure in general dentistry, however, most patients are hesitant to undergo root canal treatment due to apprehension regarding possible discomfort. As a result, many choose not to undergo a root canal, placing their health at risk in the process. When a root canal is needed but not performed, there are serious and even life threatening complications that can occur. At Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, we offer root canal therapy to resolve the infection to prevent further complications.
Why is a Root Canal Needed?
When the core of the tooth becomes infected, known as the root canal, your tooth and health becomes jeopardized. Once the pulp in the tooth is infected, there is often a great deal of pain, discomfort, and swelling. This can make it difficult to do even the simplest of tasks, like eating and talking. When left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissues and the entire tooth can be lost. Prompt treatment is needed to not only save the tooth and reduce discomfort, but to prevent potentially life threatening complications.
Complications of Root Canal Infection
A root canal procedure removes the infected, decaying area of a tooth through cleaning and sealing the tooth. This prevents additional infection and damage, while preserving the remaining area of the tooth. A crown or cap is generally placed on the tooth to prevent the need for extraction, allowing a patient to maintain use of the tooth.
If a root canal is not performed quickly, systemic infection can occur. When this happens, the infection from the tooth begins to spread into the surrounding bone and soft tissue. The infection doesn’t stop there. The infection can then enter the bloodstream, causing a host of serious and deadly complications.
The untreated tooth can also lead to a severe abscess. The abscess occurs when pus begins to accumulate in the area of decay. The infection causes the symptoms to progress to the point a fever develops and pain can become unbearable. As a result, the jaw can become impacted and the airway can even become obstructed. In some cases, the abscess can eventually spread to the brain.
Overtime, when left untreated, the infection will run rampant in the body, which can eventually lead to death. Although death is rare, it’s still a very real possibility as the infection spreads from the tooth to eventually impact the body as a whole.
Root Canal Treatment
Although many are hesitant to undergo root canal therapy, it’s a necessary procedure to not only preserve the tooth, but to prevent serious complications from occurring. Despite popular belief, root canals are much less uncomfortable than many believe. Using the latest advancements in dentistry, root canals are now fairly simple procedures with minimal discomfort.
At Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, we provide immediate root canal care to promote your overall and oral health. We will remove the infection, refill the tooth and offer dental restoration to create a custom crown to restore the tooth. Don’t place your health at risk any longer. Contact us today for root canal therapy.