Emergency Root Canals
When most people think of dental emergencies, they think of a chipped or knocked-out tooth or some kind of dental trauma from a car accident. However, your mouth is incredibly complex, and sometimes the emergency could be below the surface level.
Often, patients who have not received preventative dental care in a long time experience a sudden toothache; the underlying cause is usually a cavity or infection.
When an infection reaches the center of the tooth, known as the pulp, it requires root canal therapy. This treatment should be done as quickly as possible to prevent further discomfort and complications.
There’s a common misconception that root canal treatments are incredibly painful. However, modern procedures are as painless as a routine cavity filling and will relieve pain. At Vero Dental Spa, we offer emergency root canal therapies to treat your infected tooth and ease discomfort as soon as possible.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is required when a tooth’s root becomes damaged from a large cavity or dental trauma. When a cavity caused by bacteria reaches the tooth’s center, it can become infected and inflamed, causing a lot of pain.
We numb the tooth with an anesthetic during a root canal and open the pulp chamber at the top of the crown to clean the inflamed root. Then, we use advanced technology to file and clean the infected pulp in the tooth’s canals. Next, we rinse the tooth to clean the canal and remove any debris before filling it with a permanent filling to keep it clean of infection.
A temporary filling is often needed until we can cover it with a permanent one. Crowns are sometimes placed over the top of the damaged tooth to preserve its function and appearance.
When is an Emergency Root Canal Needed?
Emergency root canals are performed when a patient suffers from a toothache caused by an inflamed nerve. Pain from an infected tooth can be mild, acute, chronic, or mainly experienced when eating hot or cold food.
Emergency root canals are designed to provide instant relief from an infected tooth and prioritize your comfort by alleviating pain with antibiotics. Beyond this, emergency root canals preserve the natural tooth structure, providing the following benefits:
- Restore the function of the infected tooth, improving your ability to chew and digest food
- Restore bite force and sensation when chewing
- Restore the natural appearance of your tooth and smile
- Prevent other teeth from becoming worn out and strained from uneven bite pressure
What Happens When a Patient Forgoes a Root Canal?
Ignoring an infection or inflammation can lead to many more advanced complications. For instance, when an infection in the tooth’s pulp grows into a painful dental abscess, it’s often treated with an emergency root canal. Some symptoms that might be a sign of more serious dental conditions requiring emergency treatment include:
- Pink and protruding gum tissue
- Pulp tissue oozing out of the tooth
- Swelling in the gums around the infected tooth
- Sore and inflamed areas in the jaw and mouth
If you think you have a dental abscess or need a root canal, it’s essential to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Leaving an infection untreated can cause the infection to spread to the rest of your mouth, leading to tooth loss and other advanced dental issues.
Pain-Free Root Canal Treatment
At Vero Dental Spa, we will ensure that your root canal treatment is as pain-free as possible. We offer a variety of sedation options and anesthetics to help you feel comfortable during your procedure. Not to mention, our modern root canal techniques are as painless as a routine cavity filling. After your treatment, the tooth might feel sensitive, but it can be relieved with over-the-counter medication.
Treat Your Root Canal Infection Immediately at Vero Dental Spa
Postponing a root canal treatment can result in tooth loss and complications. Save yours by seeking root canal treatment immediately. Our emergency dentists at Vero Dental Spa are skilled at providing the most pain-free and effective emergency root canal treatments. Call us today to alleviate toothaches and restore your dental health.