Root Canal Therapy: How An Infected Tooth Can Make You Ill

At Smile Creations we offer root canal therapy in Austin, Texas. However, it’s pretty rare for us to get a patient who is psyched for their root canal therapy. Actually, let us rephrase that- we’ve never gotten a patient who was psyched to undergo root canal therapy.


That’s because root canal therapy isn’t exactly associated with rainbows and ponies and all things pleasant. Let’s face it- when we think root canal therapy it’s more of a heart-dropping, smile-erasing, fear-inducing emotion that takes over. Right?

Root canal therapy doesn’t have the best reputation in the dental realm. But it’s not really fair to assume that the procedure is scary and painful. Actually it’s the infection of the tooth that causes the pain and discomfort. The procedure itself solves the problem. It erases the pain and removes the infection. So if you’ve been holding off from seeing the dentist about your infected tooth, let us show you exactly how badly an infected tooth affects your overall health. In short, let us show you what you are choosing to deal with instead of simply undergoing root canal therapy.

Tooth Infection…Gone Wrong

Let’s pretend you are suffering from an infected tooth. For whatever reason, you’ve chosen not to undergo root canal therapy. Now, days have passed. The infection is getting worse, as well as the level of pain. Here are just some of the things you will be dealing with over the course of the next few days if you don’t undergo root canal therapy.

Swelling in the neck, face and mouth.

As the infection gets worse, you will begin to notice swelling in the area. It may first start near the gums of the teeth, and then slowly spread outwards to the cheeks, neck and other facial regions. Root canal therapy would remove the infection and the swelling would immediately subside. However, without it, you start resembling a disgruntled squirrel. Attractive, right?

Nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and diarrhea.

Like we said- attractive, huh? You see, just like any other infection that isn’t treated, bacteria will soon enter the bloodstream and cause a whole host of unpleasant side effects.

Loss of jawbone.

It’s true. When an infected tooth goes untreated for so long, the bacteria can actually start to eat away the bone of the jaw. This is not only painful and extremely dangerous, it can also alter the entire shape of your face!

Root Canal Therapy at Smile Creations

Hopefully, by now we’ve convinced you to seek help for your (pretend) infected tooth. At Smile Creations, we make it easy for you to restore your infected tooth with root canal therapy in Austin, Texas. This procedure reaches deep into the inner layers of the tooth to remove all the infection. Then, we restore the tooth with a beautiful, natural looking crown. For more information on this procedure or to schedule your appointment visit Smile Creations or call us today at (512) 280-8800.