In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.
For most patients, a root canal can sound like an incredibly scary procedure. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be. If you are afraid of the pain associated with a root canal, sedation dentistry can be a great option. If you use sedation dentistry, a root canal is nothing serious at all. If a root canal is necessary and you are putting it off because of pain or anxiety, it may lead to a serious infection or an abscess if you choose not to have it done.
Call our office about using sedation dentistry for root canal treatment.