Root Canals: A Painful Dental Emergency
There are few things worse than a dental emergency. One of the worst ones that patients can have is intense pain brought on by a tooth so decayed that a root canal is a necessity. This pain can be so intense that it is debilitating. There is nothing that a person can do from their own home to address this issue.
When the pain is incredibly intense and the tooth has decayed down to the root, a root canal is the only option, to avoid further pain and worse, the full extraction of the infected tooth.
Although many dentists do not consider this procedure to be a medical emergency, the pain that a decayed and infected tooth can engender is so great, that most patients would disagree. At our clinic, when patients call us with severe tooth pain, we want to get them in as fast as possible to assess the problem. We try to get these cases in on the same day that they call. If a root canal is necessary to fix the issue then we will administer same day emergency root canals.
A root canal for the most part is not an overly painful procedure, nor is it one that takes a tremendous amount of time. We are able to perform them quickly and efficiently. In the vast majority of cases the pain that the patient is feeling will go away immediately after the root canal is completed. Although minor discomfort and swelling could occur, it should go away within 1 – 2 days.
If you have a tooth that is giving you problems you do not have to live with the pain. Get an appointment today to get the tooth looked at. The fix is often far easier than many people realize and any discomfort felt during and after the procedure is far less than what a person feels from an infected tooth.