A root canal is one of the most common emergency dental procedures. It’s used to treat a badly infected tooth or a large cavity and prevent a permanent extraction.
But how do you know if that toothache really needs a root canal? How is an emergency root canal done? Find out the answers in this short blog post!
A tooth infection or large cavity isn’t like most toothaches. They can present with intense symptoms that keep you up at night and even prevent you from eating or concentrating on your daily activities.
Some signs you may need an emergency root canal include:
In severe cases, a tooth infection can also spread to nearby tissues, such as the gums or jawbone, or cause a fever.
It’s crucial to treat an infected tooth right away. With time, the bacteria inside continue to multiply and spread, which increases your risk of losing the tooth permanently.
Moreover, the infection can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening complication that requires immediate medical attention.
Here are the basic steps for an emergency root canal:
Most root canals are done in one visit, but it depends on the size of the infection. Sometimes, a large infection could mean patients need a few days of antibiotic therapy first and then a root canal.
In these cases, the local anesthetic won’t take effect, and patients would be in too much pain to sit through the procedure. Splitting the treatment into multiple visits is much more effective and comfortable for the patient.
If you’re experiencing the signs of a tooth infection, let Dr. Jamie Knox or Dr. Lisa Ding remove your discomfort and treat your tooth with root canals performed with a caring touch.
Request an appointment at Smiles of Bulverde online or call us at (210) 907-8666 to find out more about our services and how we can help.