Don't Ignore a Painful Tooth. It Might Indicate a Serious Infection That Requires a Root Canal
Unfortunately, dentistry is the task that tends to fall to the bottom of everyone’s to-do list.
So you skip a dental cleaning once in a while because nothing hurts, thinking that you’ll catch it next time around. Then one day you feel the dreaded twinge in your tooth; you take anti-inflammatories thinking that you can trick the uncomfortable feeling into submission. But you’re an educated adult, so you know that this is only going to buy you so much time, and sure enough a week later, the pain is so intense you can’t function.
At this point, you really can’t ignore the toothache anymore. And it’s a good thing because the pain is your body’s way of telling you that something needs immediate attention.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Missed appointments or inadequate oral hygiene give bacteria and the acid they produce an opportunity to eat away at dental enamel. The damage continues until it has penetrated the tooth and infected the innermost area that houses the nerves, blood vessels, and pulp material.
Your oral surgeon in Chagrin Falls needs to perform root canal treatment to remove the infected material and provide relief from your pain. This procedure involves using special instruments to clear away the infection. Many people still believe this is a difficult procedure, but the truth is that advanced technology and modern sedation techniques have made root canals a straightforward and stress-free procedure.
Dangers of Not Seeking Treatment
An untreated infection in your tooth can be very dangerous. It can spread to your jaw, neck, and even your brain. Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of an untreated infection and can spread through the body which requires hospitalization to treat.
Call Chagrin Family Dental Care
This information isn’t meant to frighten you; Dr. Brian Hivick and our team just want to spare you from the risk of this worst-case scenario. If it’s time for your six-month appointment, please call our office to arrange an appointment.