Hearing you need a root canal procedure can induce immediate anxiety, stress, or even fear. When a patient hears they need one, they can immediately think of pain and drilling that can be associated with this procedure. Because of this, many patients may put it off until they are in immense pain or have seriously compromised their oral health. Dr. Dean Dietrich at Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL wants you to know that there is nothing to fear. Receiving a root canal is easy and relatively pain-free. You may be surprised to know that Dr. Dietrich has found that he has patients even fall asleep during his root canal procedures.

Still, patients do continue to put off receiving a root canal. Let’s discuss what can happen if you choose not to receive a root canal when needed.

Why Would A Root-Canal Be Prescribed?

If your dentist is telling you that you need a root canal, it is going to be (most likely) because the pulp of your tooth has become infected. The pulp is the soft tissue that is inside your tooth and when infected and untreated, an infection of the pulp can spread from the tooth to your gums and then, in very serious situations, to the jawbone surrounding the decayed tooth. A root canal may sound scary, but it is a routine procedure that dentists like Dr. Dietrich have performed countless times. A root canal is performed to prevent this spread of infection and to eliminate the pain associated with the infection. It will also prevent you from having to lose the tooth.

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Avoiding A Root Canal

When a root canal is prescribed, it is important that it be performed as soon as possible. In situations where a patient decides to avoid and put off the procedure, it can cause serious health issues (and not just dental issues) including:

  • A spread of the infection from the tooth into the gums and surrounding jawbone
  • Tooth loss
  • Jawbone loss
  • Dental Abscess
  • Heart-related problems including heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Sepsis

If you need a root canal, please call Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® at (708) 576-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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