Simply put, pain is the most immediate reason why a patient decides to have a root canal. But pain has a variety of causes. Some people do not brush their teeth for a long time and bacteria proliferate in the mouth. Eventually, the bacteria invade the inside of the root canal and cause pulpitis. Some people break their teeth during intense exercise. Bacteria can also infect the root canal if the diseased tooth is not implemented in time for root canal treatment. In conclusion, the root cause of root canal treatment is the infection suffered by the root canal.
What is the use of root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a complex dental procedure. During the procedure, the dentist treats the root canal. The infected part of the root canal is removed by the dentist. Root canal infection is the most important cause of toothache, therefore, root canal treatment saves the patient from pain.
Consequences of not performing root canal treatment
Bacteria invade the root canal and cause pulpitis. The patient’s tooth becomes swollen and painful on a daily basis. This pain can last for days or even weeks. The worst part is that the pain is more intense at night. Patients sometimes cannot sleep the whole night. In the beginning, the pain in the tooth is relieved within a few days. In the later stages of pulpitis, the pain is felt every day.
Inability to chew
The pain in the tooth can cause swelling of the gums. The gums can affect multiple teeth. Many people have swollen gums that prevent multiple teeth from chewing food properly. Patients can only eat food with the teeth on the other side. Patients who use one side of their teeth to chew food for a long time will have cheeks that are larger on one side and smaller on the other.
As the root canal continues to become infected, the connection between the tooth and the gum will become weaker and weaker. It is possible that at some point, the entire tooth will fall out.
Infection of neighboring teeth
After bacteria fill the entire root canal, they will continue to look for targets. Adjacent teeth are the best choice. Usually within six months, the bacteria will invade another tooth and then infect the root canal of the adjacent tooth. The adjacent tooth will also gradually develop painful symptoms.