If you are experiencing chronic toothaches, or you have a fistula or an abscess, there is a good chance you’re going to need a root canal. Root canal treatment works to preserve your tooth and prevent the risk of a life-threatening infection from spreading.

According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), these are common reasons people are referred root canal treatment:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • Repeated dental procedure on the tooth
  • Faulty crown
  • Crack or chip in the tooth
  • Injury to the tooth

What Does Root Canal Treatment Consist Of?

When the soft tissue inside of the root canal of a tooth called the pulp is infected or inflamed, root canal treatment is necessary. During the procedure, your dentist will clean out the tooth by removing the inflamed or infected pulp. They will shape the inside of your tooth and then fill and seal the tooth, so bacteria won’t get inside and infect the tooth again.

Following the procedure, you will follow up with your dentist to have a crown installed on the tooth. According to the AAE, modern root canal treatments are virtually pain-free and leaves patients will less discomfort during recovery than other procedures such as a tooth extraction.

What Happens If I Don’t Get A Root Canal?

Consider these risks before deciding to delay treatment of an inflamed or infected tooth:

  • A crack or break in the tooth that would require pulling or surgically removing the tooth
  • Damage to other teeth due to the infection spreading requiring them also to be removed
  • Infection spreading to other parts of the body which can result in death

Alternatives To Root Canal Treatment

If you choose not to go with root canal treatment to preserve your tooth, extraction and implants are alternative options. To avoid experiencing significant changes to the structure of your mouth, dentists recommend that when you remove a tooth, you replace it with a dental implant. American Dental Care is the leading provider of dental implants in Harrisburg, PA.

If you’re look for a tooth extraction dentist in Harrisburg, PA, or if you want more information on root canals, please contact us at 717-279-5242.