Acute dental pain cannot be ignored. An abscessed tooth is not a situation that you can easily neglect. The discomfort usually drives people to the dental office. However, for those with a high threshold for pain, ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. Without general dental care, an abscessed tooth can develop into more serious problems. If the infection should get into your blood stream or attack your sinus tissue, your body could sustain more than just the pain from a bad tooth.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes exposed or damaged it can cause great discomfort. At this point, options for treatment are narrowed to two; the tooth will either need to be extracted or have root canal therapy. Extraction may seem like a good choice, especially if the pain is severe. However, when at all possible, it is always best to save the natural tooth. Root canal therapy or RCT can provide an alternative to extraction.