Don’t ignore tooth pain. If you have a persistent toothache, schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist as soon as possible.
If the source of your pain is an abscess tooth, our dentist will need to schedule an emergency root canal. If left untreated, an abscess tooth will need to be extracted.
Continue reading to learn how a root canal can save an abscess tooth. We’ll also explain how your tooth could have gotten infected.
What is an abscess tooth?
Tooth pulp is the living tissue inside your tooth that’s responsible for forming dentin and keeping teeth healthy. Once a cavity is deep enough to penetrate tooth pulp, you may feel an ache in the bone around the tooth. Other symptoms of an abscess tooth include red swollen gums, fever, and having a bad taste in your mouth.
The sooner you call a root canal dentist, the better your chances for saving an abscess tooth. A is a sac of pus that forms inside your teeth or gums. If left untreated, a dental abscess can push your tooth upwards until it’s loose enough to fall out. Thankfully, your dentist will be able to perform a root canal before you run the risk of losing teeth.
What damages tooth pulp?
Most people don’t think about tooth pulp, until they need to schedulefor a persistent toothache. A tooth infection is more likely after a tooth has undergone multiple dental procedures. For example, you may need a root canal if a tooth was compromised by a large filling or cracks.
Severe tooth decay can also increase your risk of needing root canal treatment, which is why we recommend you see your dentist every 6 months for preventative care. Your dentist will be able to spot small cavities, chips, and cracks during a routine teeth cleaning before they cause major oral health concerns.
What happens during a root canal?
Your dentist will do everything to save your tooth from needing extraction, including root canal therapy. Once your tooth is numbed with local anesthesia, your dentist will drill a small top near the top of the tooth. Through this hole, your dentist will be able to remove infected dental pulp and clean the inside of the tooth.
For good measure, your dentist will flush the inside of the tooth with water and an antimicrobial solution to make sure any remaining pulp is removed. A temporary filling is then used to seal the hole until your permanent dental crown is ready to be placed. The permanent root canal crown will be placed when you return for your second appointment. If you don’t want to wait, our dentist can create a same-day CEREC crown.
Dr. Piotrowski DDS and his team will do everything in their power to save an abscess tooth so you can maintain good oral health. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids root canal dentist, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.