Throbbing pain, sensitivity, and sore gums are just a few of the most prominent signs that you might have a root canal in your future. But how long can you wait?
This is actually one of the more common questions that gets asked when patients learn their teeth are infected. But ask yourself, if you looked down at a cut you happened to get on your arm, leg, or finger and happened to notice the telltale signs of bacterial infection (redness, swelling, fever, etc) would you stand-by and do nothing?
Probably not. Chances are, you might get a little concerned. So why would you put off treatment of an infection in your mouth?
The stone-cold truth is this: infection is dangerous, and infection wants to spread. Once your dentist or endodontic specialist (root canal doctor for short) tells you that your tooth is infected, the very real reality is that it’s just waiting to move on to greener pastures with more opportunities to feed and spread. While the pain might get a bit better due to the nerves gradually dying, you’ll eventually begin to feel more pressure and you’ll experience more swelling. At its worst, a tooth infection – left untreated – can continue to spread through your blood to even more vulnerable parts of your body like your heart.
Did you know it’s possible to die from a tooth infection?
Granted, modern dental technology has made it all but unheard of these days. But it just goes to show that ignoring the problem is no way to solve it – only make it worse.
So, to answer the question: Don’t wait long!
Immediately upon discovering an infection, your dentist will likely prescribe you an antibiotic that will help control the infection. But even then, the underlying cause of the infection still isn’t treated, and antibiotic will only buy you a handful of weeks. After this, the tooth has to be treated in order to be saved.
While many patients think that they’re saving money by putting off root canal treatment, the opposite is actually true. Waiting to fix your teeth is like waiting to exterminate the termites eating away at the foundation of your home. The longer you wait, the longer the “infection” has to work away at the structure of your teeth, and the more expensive it will be to repair the damage. In some cases, waiting too long can even make the damage irreversible – meaning you’ll need to spend even more to fully replace the tooth.
Are you experiencing a sharp, prolonged tooth pain or sensitivity? Have you noticed swelling or a white, pimple-like dot on your gums in the same area as dental pain? Find a dentist nearby immediately to minimize the damage and get back to living your life pain free.