If you feel a severe toothache and suspect it may be a root canal, you are probably wondering if this procedure falls under dental emergencies.
In this article, we will tell you what you need to do if you are in need of a root canal.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure designed to treat a tooth infection located at the center of the tooth. During the treatment, the affected pulp is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and then filled.
In itself, a root canal doesn't cause any illness. However, tooth infections can lead to serious complications if not treated in time. The more you wait to treat an infected tooth, not only will the pain increase, but the damage to the tooth can become so severe that you may need an extraction.
In rare cases, dental infections can lead to septicemia (blood infections), which can be life-threatening.
To avoid such situations, it is best to schedule your appointment with Dr. Priti Naik for painless root canals.
If you're not sure whether or not you have an infected tooth, you should know that there are a few signs to look out for to recognize the infection.
The most common sign is severe, throbbing tooth pain that lasts for several days. This should alert you of the fact that you either have a very deep cavity that is about to become infected, or you already have a tooth infection.
Another sign is increased sensitivity to hot or cold, whether it's food or the temperature outside. You will also feel a more intense pressure when chewing and sensitivity to sugary foods.
Visible physical signs include swelling, inflammation, and discoloration of the gums in the affected area.
If you are avoiding getting root canal treatment because you are afraid of this procedure, you should know that it's very common and easy.
The first step the dentist will take is numbing your mouth and cleaning it so that you don't feel any pain. Then, with the help of a dental drill, they will remove any tissue that has been infected and make a small hole in the tooth.
Through this hole, the dentist will clean out the infection, including the decayed pulp and nerves inside your tooth. The final step is to protect the tooth with a dental crown or filling.
At Priti Naik DDS, our priority is the health of our patient's teeth. So, if you are in need of emergency dentistry, we are ready and happy to help you restore your smile.
Contact us now for all of your dental needs