What Happens If You Don't Get a Root Canal?

What Happens If You Don’t Get a Root Canal?

Team Endodontics

A root canal is a common yet vital dental procedure that treats pain, inflammation, and infection inside the tooth's pulp. Teeth that suffer damage from breakage or deep decay may need root canals to prevent extraction.

Many people downplay the need for a root canal, believing the procedure is too costly or complex. If your dentist recommends a root canal, schedule the procedure immediately to prevent complications. Waiting too long can lead to worsening problems and the potential for systemic illness.

Why Waiting For a Root Canal is Dangerous

The following oral and physical health conditions can develop if you put off a root canal:

  • Tooth pain could become unbearable, significantly interfering with your quality of life
  • Infection inside the pulp could spread to surrounding teeth and bone
  • Infection could spread to other areas of the body
  • An abscess could develop at the tooth's root, causing fever and swelling
  • The tooth may become too far gone for a root canal and require extraction

Root Canal Vs. Extraction

A root canal is usually preferable over an extraction if the tooth has enough structure to save. However, many patients hesitate to invest in a root canal.

When comparing the costs of a root canal versus an extraction, many patients forget to account for the price of the extraction procedure and replace the tooth with an implant, denture, or bridge.

Leaving a space in your smile can cause multiple oral health problems, including a greater chance of decay, gum disease, and misaligned teeth. With a root canal, you can restore your damaged tooth with a sturdy, attractive crown and enjoy regular chewing ability.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

Are root canals uncomfortable?

Today's root canals are comfortable procedures that last about 45 minutes. Gentle techniques and advanced tools mean that the procedure is smoother than ever before.

Some patients have lingering soreness after a root canal as the area heals. Any soreness should clear up within a few days, and it does not mean the procedure failed.

What are the symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal?

  • Tooth pain comes in cycles, especially when biting down or chewing
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, especially if the sensation persists after removing the food or drink
  • Swelling along the gum line
  • Pus along the gum line
  • Fever and chills
  • Swelling in the jaw and face near the tooth
  • Discolored (gray or black) tooth

Call Jacobs and Thatcher Dentistry

If you experience any symptoms that suggest a root canal is necessary, please call us as soon as possible. We can help you resolve your pain and, in many cases, save your tooth from extraction.

Please call our Sun City Center, FL, office today at 813-634-1932 to learn more about root canals and request an appointment.