Is root canal an emergency?

Sometimes, our teeth reflect aspects of our current health. If we have a calcium deficiency or a circulatory affection, our teeth are likely to break.

In most cases, the damage begins with a rift caused by hardened food. The problem is that when it happens, we do not notice it! It is within some time that the hurting appears, and we do something about it!

Then, the emergency shows itself.

From a day to another, the pain can worsen incredibly. When that happens, the root canal treatment goes from a preventive procedure to the only option for saving the tooth.

The root of the pain

The distance from the crown of the teeth to the pulp cavity is not an unbreachable barrier. But the enamel and the dentine are enough to keep the nerve safe. At least in most cases.

When the damage comes from the outside, it means that the crown has an overture. That allows residues of food to store there, rot and weaken the already compromised teeth. After several meals, the unhealthy stuffing pushes itself towards the nerve. When the ultra-sensitive filament has no more room to breathe, the pain gets to emergency levels.

The rest of the teeth’s crown could crumble before that. If that happens, the nerve is openly exposed and transforms every hot or cold beverage into a nightmare. That is also an emergency root canal scenario.

The Procedure

Any information you can get prior the root canal procedure is below the diagnosis of your dentist. The symptoms of teeth needing a root canal procedure are not easy to detect. Because of that, early detection is fundamental for successful and fast recovery.

The first step would be to inform the patient about the importance of the procedure. Then, the dentist would detect the affected tooth. There are two scenarios for that, depending on how advanced your illness is.

If the infection limits itself to the pulp chamber, a gentle approach to the tooth gives a clear picture of the inflammation status. That means the patient went to the specialist at first sight of pain.

In this case, the dentist applies anesthesia before drilling the hole that allows careful but profound cleaning. Once the specialist wipes out the infection, the next step is filling it with medical material and then sealing it.

After this procedure, general oral health improves noticeably. And it increases the chances of ending any infectious process going on anywhere else in your mouth.

So, can we consider root canal an emergency?

Teeth infection is a path that could take days or months. It depends on the patient’s overall health. Either way, as soon as the professional recommendation is to apply the endodontic treatment, the patient should carry it on.

Of course, the only way for that to be possible is by visiting the dentist monthly. 

Once the tooth is injured, the root canal is the only way of saving it from extraction. This is not as bad a decision as it seems because it prevents the near teeth from infection. But an implant is much more expensive and risky than a root canal.

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