Don’t ignore tooth pain! Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
If you suspect you need an emergency root canal, don’t hesitate to call our office. Our root canal dentists act quickly to find the source of pain and offer emergency dental care.
Continue reading to learn more about root canal therapy, or call us directly at (616) 531-0360 if your are in severe pain. Our restorative dentists look forward to helping you achieve top oral health!
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Suspect you may need a root canal? If you recognize any of the symptoms below, call our root canal dentists immediately. We offer as a last resort to save an infected tooth before extraction.
Call our root canal dentists if you notice:
- Abscess on gums (looks like a pimple)
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen gums
- Darkening of tooth
- Oral pain
What You Can Expect
First, one of our root canal dentists will examine your teeth and gums. They’ll also take x-rays to determine if you need a . Some patients need root canal therapy if a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the dental pulp. Pulp is the innermost chamber of your tooth that’s made up of live tissue.
If we determine you need a root canal to save your tooth, we’ll prep you for the procedure immediately. We’ll start by numbing your tooth so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Next, we’ll drill a hole near the top of your tooth so we can remove diseased tissue.
Once the inside of your tooth is clean, we’ll flush it out with water and fill it with a material called gutta-percha. Our root canal dentists will then place a temporary cover over your tooth. This will protect your tooth until we’re ready to place your permanent dental crown. The root canal crown will restore the look and function of your tooth.