You may need a root canal to save an abscessed tooth. Once the innermost chamber of your tooth is infected, your only option is root canal therapy. There are many reasons why you may need an emergency root canal. For example, you may have a cracked tooth or a deep cavity penetrating the pulp.
No matter your unique circumstances, Dr. Langellier will be able to diagnose and treat the source of the problem.
Here’s what you need to know about emergency root canals.
If you recognize any of the symptoms we describe here, call our office as soon as possible. The sooner you call Bowtie Dental, the sooner we’ll be able to treat your tooth. Otherwise, you risk having your tooth extracted to protect your oral health.
Also, keep in mind that you may not experience any of the above symptoms. That’s why it’s so important that you see our dentist at least every 6 months for preventive care.
During your appointment, we’ll be able to detect small oral health issues before they have the opportunity to worsen.
Once Dr. Langellier determines that you need a root canal, we’ll begin to prep you for the procedure.
First, we’ll inject a local anesthetic near the tooth. That way, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during root canal treatment. Next, we’ll clean, dry, and isolate the tooth from the rest of your mouth. Dr. Langellier may place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Then, he’ll drill a hole at the top of your tooth.
Next, Dr. Langellier will use tiny instruments of increasing size to remove the diseased pulp and any infection from the canals themselves. Once our dentist removes all the infection, he’ll smooth out the root canals and the inner chamber of your tooth.
Then, he’ll use a material called gutta-percha to fill and seal the inside of the tooth. As a final step, he’ll place a temporary cover over the hole and take digital impressions of your teeth.
These impressions are sent to the lab that will be making your permanent dental crown. A crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line, restoring its full strength and appearance.
When you return for your second appointment, your permanent dental crown will be ready. Dr. Langellier will make sure that your dental crown looks and feels natural so you can smile with confidence.
Dr. Langellier is an experienced root canal dentist in Wyoming, MI. As such, he is more than qualified to determine if you’re a candidate for root canal therapy. To schedule an emergency appointment, call Bowtie Dental at (616) 532-9003. If you call our office by 10 am, our emergency dentist will be able to see you the same day.