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The Dangers of Postponing a Root Canal

July 12, 2019
Posted By: Drs. Justison and Gladnick
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Root canals are the dental procedure that many patients perceive as most painful, but it is also the one that relieves the awful pain of an infected tooth.

If you’re dealing with an infected or abscessed tooth, your priority is pain relief. And while root canals in Wilmington, DE will relieve your pain, they also save the dying tooth from extraction.

Why We Perform Root Canals

Underneath the enamel and dentin of your tooth is an area deep inside called the pulp chamber. It contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves; the root canal is an anatomical structure that runs through the center of this area.

A root canal infection occurs when untreated tooth decay spreads until it penetrates the inner area of your tooth. As the infection spreads, it eventually reaches the nerves of your tooth, and that is when you experience a toothache. If your Wilmington, DE dentist doesn’t perform a root canal, the tooth will continue to die and will need to be removed.

Untreated Root Canal Infections Can Be Deadly

For many people, especially those with high anxiety, the first temptation is to ride out the pain and hope for the best. But an infection anywhere in your body is dangerous, which is why your doctor prescribes antibiotics.

But an untreated root canal infection can be deadly. The infection spreads to other teeth, your jawbone, sinuses, and your brain and lead to abscess and sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

Don’t Ignore Toothaches – Call Us First

A toothache is always a sign that something is wrong that needs attention right away. Ignoring tooth pain always leads to the need for more complex dental treatment and puts you at risk for a root canal infection.

There’s nothing to fear if you need a root canal in Wilmington, DE. Drs. Justison and Gladnick provide safe, comfortable treatment in a warm and supportive environment.

If you have a toothache and think it’s an infected root canal or an abscessed tooth, please call us at (302) 994-2660 so we can save the tooth and provide the relief you need.

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