Last week I saw a new patient, Dan, who had not been to see a dentist in years. He had developed several cavities, and one of these cavities had progressed to cause a painful infection in one of his teeth. I told Dan that he required root canal therapy to clear the infection and restore his health. He was resistant to treatment because he, like many patients, was under the misconception that root canals are unbearably painful. I informed him that our Glendale root canal dentists use modern technology to alleviate the pain and anxiety of root canals. Dan still wasn’t convinced—“what,” he asked “will happen if I choose not to do it?” I explained to him that avoiding root canal therapy can lead to more serious problems down the road.
Root canals are necessary when dental pulp—the inner core of the tooth—becomes infected and inflamed. Dental pulp is made up of tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. When this matter becomes infected or damaged—either through neglected cavities or dental trauma—it must be removed through root canal therapy. The tooth is then cleansed and sealed to prevent further damage.
If this treatment is put off or neglected all together, the infection may spread, eventually leading to tooth and bone loss. In severe cases patients can experience facial infections and swelling through the throat and jaw. Root canal is often the best option to preserve the functionality of the tooth and your health.
Dan decided to proceed with treatment, and he was very pleased with the results. He said that he couldn’t believe how simple his treatment was! If you or a loved one is experiencing pain from dental decay, don’t put off treatment. Feel free to contact our Glendale root canal dentists if you have any questions or you’d like more information about treatment options—(818) 334-2974.