Dental emergencies are those situations where it’s best to see the dentist sooner rather than later. But patients often struggle to assess whether they are experiencing a true emergency or not.
Case in point: if you have an infection and might need a root canal, is that a dental emergency?
Well, the short answer is yes, it absolutely is. But keep reading to find out why!
A root canal is a type of dental treatment used to heal a badly infected tooth. The procedure involves opening the tooth and removing all the bacteria and infected tissue from inside it, including the narrow canal chambers of the root.
Root canals can often save a badly infected tooth from permanent extraction, and help restore your oral health.
A dental emergency is any situation where:
Common examples of emergency dental needs can include:
Root canals are usually performed to treat a very large cavity or infection. By that point, you notice the following symptoms:
These are all signs that your tooth needs immediate dental care. If left untreated large cavities or infections may create so much damage to the tooth that even a root canal won’t be able to save it. In these cases, your only solution would be to extract the tooth.
Moreover, tooth infections can spread to surrounding tissue and lead to severe complications, such as fever or even sepsis.
Here are the usual steps of an emergency root canal appointment:
Whether it’s an infection, knocked-out tooth, or just severe discomfort, if you are dealing with a dental emergency, Dr. Madison Kurz and Dr. Kevin Chittenden are here to help you access swift care.
Call us right away at (928) 774-3851 for an emergency dental appointment.
For a regular visit, book a consultation at Cedar Avenue Family Dentistry online.