Is a Root Canal a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies require an immediate intervention at your dentist’s office in order to avoid major consequences to your dental health.

A root canal in itself is not an emergency, but it can turn into one if the infected tooth is not treated in time. 

Cracked teeth or cavities that are far into the tooth can be a reason your tooth might need immediate intervention.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to treat an infected tooth. During the procedure, the infected tooth pulp is extracted. By eliminating the infection, the natural tooth can be saved. After the infection is removed, the tooth is cleaned then filled and sealed. 

Tooth infections are very painful and if they are not treated on time they can turn into complications. These complications can lead to more extreme solutions, where the entire tooth would have to be extracted and replaced with an artificial one. 

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Whenever you are feeling pain and discomfort in your gums and teeth, the best thing to do is visit your dentist and see what the problem is and how you can fix it. Many people postpone seeing their dentist and wait too long until the symptoms go away. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the cause of the pain is also gone. 

The same happens when you need a root canal. If left untreated for too long, it can turn into a dental emergency and may require immediate treatment. 

These symptoms can be an indication you might need a root canal as soon as possible:

Sudden pain that just hits you, or pain that you feel while you lay down or bend down can be an indication a root canal is needed.

Gum infection, known also as fistulas, can be an indication your tooth is in need of immediate intervention and rescue. Also, if you notice your gums are swollen, it can be a sign of gingivitis or other serious dental issues. 

If you notice that your gums do not have that natural pink color anymore and instead are dark purple, a root canal might be needed.

When hot or cold foods and drinks create severe tooth pain that doesn’t quickly go away, it’s a sign that you need to make an appointment with your dentist. 

Do You Need a Root Canal? Call Us Now! 

Whatever your dental issue might be, talk to your dentist or come visit our Covington dental office

Dr. Keleigh Lascari has extensive experience and is a very passionate and caring dentist. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands with us, so contact our team here and let us know how we can help.

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