How can you know what to expect from an emergency root canal? You may have to have one if you have acute tooth pain, and the pain doesn’t go away even after taking over-the-counter pain medications. If your dentist determines that your tooth requires a root canal, don’t worry; it isn’t nearly as invasive as it sounds! In this article, we’ll give you an overview of what you can expect when you visit your local dentist for an emergency root canal.
How does the procedure start?
In many cases, a root canal may be performed under local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry can also be used if you are feeling anxious or stressed about going through with a root canal. With sedation, you will still be able to communicate with your dentist during your procedure, but you won’t have any memory of it after leaving your dentist’s office. In rare instances, emergency root canals may require general anesthesia so that you are completely numb throughout your appointment. Your doctor will talk through options for sedation with you when he determines that one is necessary for your case.
What are possible complications?
An infected tooth can infect your whole body, Rauschkolb explains. Besides pain, possible symptoms of infection include fever and swollen lymph nodes (located in your neck, underarms, and groin). He says that if you have any of these symptoms, see a dentist as soon as possible for treatment. Emergency root canal procedures are typically more extensive than regular root canals; a crown or cap may be required afterward, depending on how much decay was involved. It can take about three months for an infected tooth to heal completely—so it’s important to keep up with proper oral hygiene during that time.
When should you see your dentist again?
Once you’ve had a root canal, your dentist will give you a follow-up appointment. If he does not, make sure to schedule one as soon as possible. After having a root canal, your tooth may be more susceptible to infection and cavities; it’s important that you return for checkups so your dentist can make sure everything is healing properly.
Is there any pain involved?
The pain associated with a root canal depends on a few factors. If there are any nerves involved in your tooth, then you may experience discomfort during or after treatment. However, if your tooth is infected and/or causing you serious pain, then an emergency root canal may be necessary. If you do need one of these procedures done quickly, you will be given medicine before it begins to numb and ease any discomfort from start to finish.
A root canal is a procedure that can be done in two ways: first by making two small incisions in your mouth and exposing your tooth, or second with a special tube that allows us to access your tooth via one tiny hole (called a microsurgical technique). When we use local anesthesia, either through shots or a needle, you may feel some pressure but not pain. There will be numbness in your teeth while they’re treated and afterwards. they’re completely normal during root canal treatment!
Does insurance cover emergency root canal treatments?
If you think you’re going to need a root canal but don’t have dental insurance, you may be wondering whether or not your insurance company will cover any expenses. While it’s impossible to say for sure, many dental plans do provide some coverage for emergency root canals—especially if they’re needed after hours or on a weekend. Talk with your dentist about what’s covered under your plan, and ask them how they work with insurance companies when billing patients. Be sure to get all of your questions answered before agreeing to undergo treatment.