There can be several reasons why a patient requires a root canal and it will often get worse the longer you wait.
Pain killers lose their effect over time and extended use can lead to serious health issues like kidney problems and nerve damage as well as damaging the bone surrounding the tooth.
An infected tooth, if left untreated, has the potential to become a life threatening situation.
Infection of a tooth in the lower jaw can cause swelling and, if it advances, swallowing and breathing can become critically impaired requiring immediate emergency treatment.
When an infected tooth is treated early, it is generally a painless procedure completed in one or two appointments.