Is a Root Canal a Dental Emergency?

Are you dealing with a severe toothache? You may wonder if you need a root canal and if you need to see your dentist ASAP. 

Get all the answers in this short blog post from Alex Erwin, DDS. 

So, Is a Root Canal an Emergency?

Yes, a root canal is usually considered a dental emergency

A root canal basically means that you are dealing with a badly infected or damaged tooth. If you don't act promptly, the infection could spread to other parts of the body, possibly endangering your life too. 

That's why it's best to get in touch with Dr. Alex Erwin as soon as possible and request a same-day consultation. 

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Here's how you can tell if you need a root canal: 

  • Severe toothache: Intense pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure, could indicate the need for a root canal.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold: Experiencing a sensitivity to hot or cold foods can be a sign that the tooth's nerve is damaged.
  • Darkened tooth: A darkened or discolored tooth may indicate a dying nerve or infection within the tooth.
  • Swelling and tenderness around the Tooth: If the gums around the affected tooth are swollen and tender, it may be a sign of an infection or abscess.

The Root Canal Procedure: What to Expect 

Root canals can be invasive procedures and one of the reasons so many people avoid or fear them. Rest assured, Dr. Alex Erwin will numb the tooth and even offer sedation options to help you feel as comfortable as possible. 

The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected or damaged pulp of a tooth to save it from extraction. So, here's what to expect during the procedure. 

  • Diagnosis: First, the dentist will evaluate your symptoms and examine the tooth. They might also order some X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. 
  • Anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. 
  • Drilling the Tooth: The dentist will make a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
  • Pulp removal: Next, the dentist will remove the infected or damaged pulp. 
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: The dentist will thoroughly clean the root canals and disinfect them. 
  • Filling the root canals: The dentist will fill the tooth and then seal it to prevent bacteria from entering it. 
  • Adding a Crown: If the damage was too large, the dentist will add a crown to protect the tooth. 

Do You Need Emergency Dentistry in Solana Beach? 

Whether it's a severe toothache, a knocked-out tooth, or a fractured tooth, we here at Alex Erwin, DDS offer emergency dentistry services. 

Call us at (858) 755-1189 and tell us about your emergency. 

For regular appointments, you can also get in touch with us online. 

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