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What Happens If You Put Off a Root Canal?

September 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — legacydentistry @ 2:11 am

Model of tooth after a root canalLet’s face it, root canals have a bad reputation. Although much of what you’ve heard isn’t true, no one wants to undergo dental work. However, if your dentist recommends root canal therapy, don’t put the procedure off for too long. According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information, 97% of root canals are successful, but if you wait, it may be too late to save your tooth from needing to be removed.

What is a Root Canal?

25 million root canals are performed annually. The procedure extracts the innermost layer of a tooth, called pulp. This is necessary to treat an infection deep within the tooth. With no treatment, the tooth will die and need to be extracted.

Risks of Delaying Treatment

15% of people needing root canal therapy delay the procedure for various reasons. If you’ve been putting it off, you’re risking irreversible damage to your oral health. 

Every tooth is important for a healthy, functional smile. Losing even one will cause your jaw to shrink. You can lose 25% of its density within the first year of missing a tooth, which will continue to deteriorate over time. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. 

You will also have to invest in a replacement tooth, like a bridge or dental implant, which can be costly.

What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy

If you’ve been ignoring your toothache, don’t risk your smile any longer. You don’t have to worry about a painful day in the dentist’s chair because they will use a local numbing agent to keep you comfortable. 

Your dentist will use special dental instruments to clean the inside of your tooth and remove the pulp. They will sterilize your tooth before sealing it with a special material called gutta-percha. 

It’s not uncommon to require a crown after the procedure. The customized cap covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gum line to give it an added layer of protection. It will be made of all-ceramic material to look and feel natural.

Don’t let rumors about root canal therapy cost you your tooth. Your dentist will address any questions or concerns, so you’ll know exactly what to expect on the road ahead.

About Dr. Brandon Baird

Dr. Baird earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has regularly continued his education to provide the most up-to-date services. Dr. Baird has completed advanced training in root canal treatment. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (972) 789-2948.

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