What Happens When a Tooth Needing a Root Canal in Kingston, PA isn’t treated by a Dentist

T here may come a time when, due to trauma or advanced dental decay, the blood supply and nerves in a tooth (also called the pulp) becomes infected. If this infection or damage becomes too advanced, the only option available to a dentist for saving the tooth may be root canal therapy (more commonly called a root canal). Dr. Stephen Lawrence at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA has been performing successful root canals for years. He will remove the infected pulp, clean, and then fill any empty space remaining in the tooth before sealing and capping it.

The problem with root canals does not lie in the procedure itself, but in the fear it can induce in patients. Many individuals may be tempted to ignore a tooth which is in need of a root canal due to tales of horror they have heard regarding how painful the procedure is. The truth is that the procedure is not any more painful than receiving a filling. Far more pain will be experienced later once the tooth reaches advanced stages of infection. Let’s take a look at what you can expect if a tooth needing a root canal is ignored.

Bacteria Finds a Home

When the pulp of a tooth becomes damaged due to injury or infection, it can become dead tissue. To bacteria, this is a certifiable feast that it can multiply on. With no blood supply in the tooth, there are no white blood cells to fight off this bacterial infection and it has an environment in which it can thrive.

The Bacteria Spreads

The Bacteria Spreads for Root Canals at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston PA Area

As this bacteria thrives in your tooth, it can then begin to spread elsewhere. Areas between your jaw and tooth are susceptible to this spread and can result in an abscess. This can lead to bone loss around the tooth’s root and beyond. In some more extreme cases, the infection can erupt out from the tooth into cheeks, gums, and other soft tissues. This sounds uncomfortable because it is. If an infection reaches this point, you will be in considerable pain. When pain becomes extreme, many will finally call the dentist. And to think that a simple root canal could have helped you avoid all of this.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Lawrence at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA, please call (570) 852-2650 today!

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Dr. Stephen Lawrence Dr. Stephen Lawrence has served as a private practitioner for over 25 years. From Instant Orthodontics to Smile Makeovers’, he is considered as one of the most skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists in the area. He has attended the prestigious Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and is also a certified Clear Aligners Preferred Provider and Perio Protect nonsurgical gum treatment provider. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Pennsylvania Dental Association.

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Dr. Lawrence has state of the art technology and equipment. You are in and out in one visit, if you need a crown, no return visit with a temporary one needed like other dentists, love it!! Dr. Lawrence creates a calming and relaxing environment, so if you’re afraid of the dentist, don’t be, especially here!!!

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Holy. Crap. I never thought I would love a Dentist, but I love them, so much. Best experience I’ve ever had, period. (however, I may change my opinion after my extraction appointment in a couple of weeks… hahahahaha)

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