When it comes to dental services, many can be planned, but there are also times when you need emergency care. You may have gone in for a cleaning and some x-rays and left with a root canal. Talk about a change of plans! Why can this happen sometimes? Let’s take a look.
What is a root canal?
Before we can talk about emergency root canals, we need to first understand what a root canal is. A root canal requires the dentist to remove the damaged area of the tooth and then clean and disinfect the area. It gets the name root canal because a root canal dentist needs to clean out the canals inside of the tooth’s root. Dentists tend to opt for a root canal rather than pulling the tooth if it can be saved so that your natural smile is preserved.
How do I know I need a root canal?
If you have x-rays as part of your routine dental cleaning or are visiting the dentist because you feel pain and end up getting an x-ray, it will identify the tooth decay and show where treatment is needed. Many times the x-ray confirms what you may already know…there’s something wrong with your tooth. You may notice the following red flags that could indicate that you’re on the path for a root canal:
· Severe toothache during or after chewing
· Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
· Discoloration of the tooth
Many times the dentist will identify the problem and schedule the root canal for a future date. But there are times when he or she may decide it needs to be done right away. You may be a candidate for an emergency root canal if you have the above symptoms as well as tender or swollen gums or a small bump near the source of the pain.
Whether you get a root canal done as an emergency service or one that is scheduled, after a few weeks, a permanent crown will typically be placed on top of the tooth.
When you are looking for a root canal dentist, look no further than Advanced Family Dentistry in Wasilla, Alaska. Dr. Lowrie and his highly skilled dental team are here to serve all your needs. We provide a host of dental services from fillings to crowns and even dentures. Call us today at 907-357-5018 to schedule an appointment. We are open Saturdays for your convenience! Our office is located at 1401 S Seward Meridian Pkwy, Suite E in Wasilla. We look forward to meeting you!