What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that treats an abscessed or broken tooth that affects the pulp (the inner part of the tooth). Many times, an untreated cavity can impact the nerve inside the tooth, which can cause severe pain.
A tooth that is infected or that has been knocked out of the socket are considered dental emergencies. If any of these conditions occur, along with painful dental issues, please call your dentist at Evolve Dental Care immediately.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Some root canals can be caused by slow-growing dental issues, like an untreated cavity. Many times, your dentist will be able to identify an infection, inflammation, decay, or other dental abnormalities. When left untreated, these issues can require a root canal to save the tooth. This is why we recommend that patients give us a call immediately at the first sign of trouble.
Not all tooth problems are painful; some can be asymptomatic. However, no matter how mild or severe the symptoms are, delaying treatment will only make the condition worse—which can increase costs or result in tooth loss.
It is always best to practice preventive dentistry to avoid dental emergencies. During our routine dental exams, we may notice an infection in the x-rays or tooth decay that is close to the pulp. In some cases, we may recommend a root canal before it becomes a painful emergency.
When Is an Emergency Root Canal Needed?
If an infection has gone untreated, it may start to show signs of inflammation and pain. While we always try to save the tooth, there are instances when the inner part of the tooth is infected, and we need to prevent the infection from spreading. If this is the case, we will recommend an emergency root canal so we can keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Not all emergencies are painful, however. At Evolve Family Dental, we ask that patients see us when they notice any abnormal oral health issues. Don't try to tough it out, or wait for the pain to increase to justify an emergency.