What Happens if a Root Canal is Left Untreated?
Is there a root canal you’ve been needing, but have put it off once again? If your tooth is infected, abscessed or badly decayed or damaged, you may have been advised to have a root canal. However, many people wonder if the treatment is really necessary.
A root canal treatment stops the infection inside the tooth, eliminates pain and preserves the structure of the tooth. If you fail to get the treatment, the infection can continue. Over time, it could extend beyond the root of the tooth, dissolve the bone tissue and infect the nearby tissues. If the pain was not severe before, it could become severe. You may have throbbing pain that wakes you up at night and has worsened over time. The infection will not heal without help, and you could develop a pus-filled abscess.
At this point, most people do get treatment because the pain can be severe. However, if the infection is left untreated, your overall health could be at risk. You may develop systemic inflammation and severe infection. When the infection has progressed extensively, you may even lose the tooth entirely. This will then increase your risk of having misaligned teeth, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bone and tissue loss.
Root canals can often be completed in a single appointment. That appointment can stop the pain and infection to help protect the long-term function of your tooth and your health. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in endodontic surgery in Los Angeles.
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