Emergency Root Canal Treatments

The most common emergency dental treatment is a root canal. Teeth that have been previously filled often develop this problem, and a cavity that is in need of a filling becomes eligible for a root canal treatment if gone unnoticed and untreated. All dentistries that provide emergency treatments are prepared to handle a root canal treatment. Root canals are also called endodontics, referring to treatment of the inside (endo-) of the tooth (dentis). 

What is a root canal? 

A root canal treatment refers to a process in which the inside of the tooth is hollowed out, and the root canals, the actual tooth roots themselves, are enlarged and shaped to become literally like canals. The root is then filled with a special root filling, and the tooth is sealed off. Root canals are performed on teeth that have an infection deep inside the core of the tooth itself. A root canal treatment becomes necessary when the dentine becomes visible because of damage, or becomes infected because a cavity has gone to deep. The dentine or tooth pulp is always removed during the root canal treatment, as a root canal is only warranted when the dentine has become infected, thus the tooth is essentially hollowed out. This is the definition of a root canal treatment. 

The Procedure

The procedure of getting a root canal treatments always involves at least two, but often times three or even four sessions are required to nurse the tooth back to health. During the initial treatment, your tooth will be opened, the cavity or crack on it will be enlarged, and all of the dentine that remains will be scooped out. After this,. the tooth roots will. be cleaned, drilled and enlarged, and shaped into canals. An antibiotic will be inserted into the place of the dentine, allowing the root canals to be filled up entirely with this material.

This is done to clear the tooth of any bacterial and microbial infections. A temporary filling will be placed on top of the antibiotic root filling. This is done because if there is any bacterial infection left, your face will swell up from the antibiotic filling. This is quite normal, and is expected, your face can swell up to 3-4 times its current size. That is why the first filling that is put on the infected area is temporary, this way you can easily remove it with the aid of a toothpick, should the pressure from the swelling start to cause pain. Just remove the temporary in this case and let the tooth air out, the pain should subside. At the next appointment, if there is still an infection, the root filling will be replaced with a new one. This will happen as many times as is needed, and until your tooth becomes healthy again. Once it is healthy, a temporary filling, or a crown will be placed on top of the root filling, and you will have completed your root canal treatment.