A broken tooth can be an incredibly stressful and painful experience, and it often requires a prompt trip to the emergency dentist. Such incidents usually happen at an unexpected time and can lead to pain and concerns of not knowing how to handle the situation. While everyone should take precautions to prevent breaking a tooth…
An Emergency Dentist Visit May Lead to a Root Canal to Save a Tooth
If you are experiencing tooth pain, reach out to an emergency dentist office. They will immediately check your teeth to find the cause of the tooth pain and recommend a treatment plan quickly. If the tooth is infected and nothing is done, the infection will spread and cause a painful tooth abscess. You can easily prevent this by going for regular preventative care and visiting the dentist once you discover any sign of pain or discomfort. The vital thing is to seek dental help and not let the situation fester.
Root canal from an emergency dentist
Most emergency dental offices perform root canals regularly to remove infections and avoid tooth removal. A root canal is not always applicable for every condition; it is only used when the soft tissue core of the tooth (dental pulp) gets infected. The dental pulp is very sensitive due to the roots that pass through it. Inflamed or infected dental pulp has direct consequences on the roots of the teeth, which send pain signals to the brain and cause immediate discomfort.
An emergency dentist can treat the infected tooth by cleaning out the infected part of the tooth. The procedure of removing the infection entails boring a tiny hole through the tooth to reach the infected area. The part to be removed may be the dental pulp alone or together with the roots. By eliminating the infected portion, you should be on your way to recovery.
During the procedure, you will be sedated to ensure you do not feel any form of pain or discomfort while the treatment lasts. Most patients notice improvements immediately because the infection caused the pain.
After the procedure
The dentist will recommend some antibiotics to use for eliminating any leftover infection. If you get a prescription, you are advised to use it according to the directions until the dosage ends. The tooth also needs to be strengthened and stabilized. To this end, the dentist will replace the lost portion of the tooth with a tooth-colored filling. This is to ensure the tooth looks entirely natural and to close up any spaces or holes to prevent bacterial invasion and a secondary infection.
Dentists generally use dental crowns to complete the procedure. In this instance, a crown will be used to cover the tooth. It entirely covers the tooth to prevent any foreign agent from touching the natural tooth directly; this includes saliva, food and bacteria. The protection the crown offers the tooth makes it possible to bite down hard with full force and not suffer pain in the process. This is important, because the infected tooth may not have the strength or resilience to withstand regular usage.
The root canal procedure is remarkably effective to save the teeth and prevent any need for tooth removal. If you need an emergency dentist visit to save the teeth or for reasons such as a chipped or cracked tooth, just reach out to an emergency dental office. They can also help with that.
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