Is a Root Canal a Dental Emergency?

When it comes to dental emergencies, people aren't always sure what type of incidents require urgent care and which can wait until the next appointment. For example, a knocked-out tooth is an obvious dental emergency and you need to see your dentist right away. But, what about severe, persistent tooth pain? Is a root canal a dental emergency?

Here's a short blog post from Wesley C. Wise, DDS & Assoc., LTD that can help you understand what you need to do in case of a root canal.

Yes, a Root Canal Is a Dental Emergency

A root canal is a dental emergency because it's an infection where bacteria accumulates in the inner chamber of a tooth. Not only is it incredibly painful and debilitating, but it can also lead to tooth loss if not treated in time. And, in some rare instances, it can even lead to sepsis and death if you wait too long until you get the treatment you need.

How to Tell If You Need a Root Canal

Here are the signs that can help distinguish between regular toothache and one that may require an Oak Park root canal:

  • The pain lasts for more than three days and it's usually accompanied by sensitivity to cold and heat.
  • You feel pain and pressure when chewing.
  • You may notice gum inflammation around the affected tooth.
  • If the infection is severe, your face may also get a bit swollen.

What Will Happen During Root Canal Treatment

One of the most common questions we get asked when it comes to root canals is if it's a painful procedure.

The short answer is that no, root canal therapy doesn't hurt. You will be given a local anesthetic that will numb your mouth so you won't feel almost anything during the procedure.

Your emergency dentist in Oak Park will use a drill to get to the affected area and remove the decayed parts and thoroughly clean the area. Then they will sanitize the teeth and use a substance called “gutta-percha” to replace the removed pulp.

Depending on the severity of the root canal, the dentist will then use a filling and /or a crown to seal the tooth. If you do get a crown, it's important to know that this is just a temporary one and you will have to come for a second appointment so that the dentist can fit the permanent one.

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment? Call Us Now!

With over one century of experience serving the community of Oak Park, we have seen and treated pretty much any dental problem you can think of. At Wesley C. Wise, DDS & Assoc., LTD, you can always expect to get quality dental care at affordable rates and in a warm and family-friendly environment.

Contact us now to book your appointment and get the best dental care and treatment in Oak Park.