Emergency Root Canal Surgery in Raleigh, NC
If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain something may be wrong with the pulp of your tooth, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, that can become infected. If this is the case, an emergency root canal surgery may be recommended to save the tooth. Treatment typically involves removal and replacement of the pulp of the tooth. Both general dentists and specialists known as endodontists are capable of performing root canal surgeries.
What is involved?
Typically, root canal treatment involves more than one visit as many steps are involved.
Initially, treatment will involve:
- X-rays to be taken to target the problem area or tooth that is affected
- Your tooth to be numbed in order to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. A thin sheet of rubber called a “dam” is placed over the tooth to keep it as dry as possible and an opening is made in the tooth that reaches into the “pulp chamber”.
- The nerve or pulp of the tooth is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal. Each canal in the root is properly cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
- A special medicine may be placed in the pulp chamber and root canal to help clear bacteria from the tooth.
- A temporary filling is placed in the tooth in order to decrease risk of contamination of the root canals.
- Antibiotics may be given if there is infection beyond the end of the tooth roots. If medicine is prescribed, use it only as instructed.
The final steps of treatment will involve:
- The dentist to remove the temporary filling that was placed. Once the filling is removed, a new permanent filling will be put in and a crown may be placed to strengthen the tooth to ensure particles will not affect where the root canal took place.
Following the procedure:
The first few days after the root canal, your tooth may be sensitive; especially is there was pain or infection prior to the procedure. However, this discomfort typically goes away after several days. Ibuprofen can also be taken to help alleviate any discomfort. If you experience, major sensitivity following the root canal procedure it would be in your best interest to consult with your dentist immediately.
If you seem to be experiencing extreme tooth pain, an emergency root canal may be recommended. At Wells Family Dental Group, we off emergency treatment regarding root canals. We understand that tooth pain is not comfortable and we want to help as much as we can! We have three offices located in the Raleigh area for your convenience—Wake Forest, North Raleigh and Downtown Raleigh. Please call one of our offices for an appointment today so that we can best assist you.