At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we know that traumatic dental injuries can be stressful. Especially if they’re painful enough to be considered a dental emergency. And sometimes they require endodontic treatment.
But root canals have a similarly stressful reputation. As much as we’ve tried to dispel this urban myth at our practice, it surfaces time and time again. One more time, for the people in the back: modern root canals are no more painful than any routine dental procedure!
However, we know us harping on this will not change your mind. If a root canal is necessary for your traumatic injury, the anxiety of one might outweigh the pain of the other. We don’t want this to happen!
So we would like to remind you of four reasons why leaving your injury unattended can be way more uncomfortable than a straightforward root canal.
Risks of Leaving A Traumatic Injury Unattended
- Pain: If a broken or cracked tooth, or an injury to your jaw, is causing you pain, chances are it won’t abate by itself. Cold and hot compresses can help manage it, as can over-the-counter medication, but if the pain is deep, it could be a sign that a root canal is the only way to be rid of it. The discomfort from endodontics doesn’t even come close to chronic tooth pain!
- Aesthetic Inconsistency: If the cracked or injured section of your smile is visible, it can be a blow to confidence and lead to a less active social life.
- Loss of Chewing Function: A lot of the time, a traumatic injury that is left untreated can affect chewing function, making it hard to enjoy your favorite meals.
- Articulation Issues: If the injury is large and swells up enough, it might make it difficult to enunciate your words and communicate effectively.
Whether it’s a sports injury or trauma from another physical activity, we urge you to visit Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT. It’s possible your dental injury won’t require a root canal, but if it does, we offer sedation options for our patients struggling with dental anxiety. Contact us today!
Jon Jenson DDS