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My dentist recommended a ROOT CANAL TREATMENT.  What if I do nothing?

Untreated infections can progress to life-threatening situations, especially in immune-compromised patients like diabetics and those with AIDS. However, even among healthy persons, it is not unheard of for a patient to die of an untreated dental infection.


More commonly, failure to treat an infected tooth will ultimately lead to loss of the tooth. Loss of teeth may cause the remaining teeth to change position, changing the way they mesh in function. This can lead to overloading of the remaining teeth, and a domino effect of fractures, chips, bite collapse (loss of vertical dimension of occlusion), chronic facial muscle soreness (myalgia) and jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction. In addition it can lead to improper nutrition and subsequent digestive issues. The lower face can change shape as the cheeks lose their underlying support, and the corners of the mouth may become chronically fissured and chapped (angular cheilitis).

If you have any further questions about Root Canal Treatments, or would like to learn more about our services, please don't hesitate to contact our office at (253) 475-7125.  We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can.

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