Never ignore a toothache. Tooth pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. The sooner you seek emergency dental care, the more likely we’ll be able to save your tooth and avoid extraction.
Our emergency dentists do everything in their power to save your smile after a tooth abscess, including root canal therapy.
Signs you need a root canal include:
- Persistent toothache
- Darkening of tooth
- Loose tooth
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to heat and cold
- Pimple on gums
Dental pulp is the living tissue inside your tooth. Once a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the inside of your tooth, you’ll need root canal treatment. First, your root canal dentist will take x-rays to determine the extent of tooth decay. Next, our dentist will numb your tooth with local anesthetic. Once you’re properly numb, your dentist will use a laser to cut through the top of your tooth so they can remove infected pulp.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Throughout the procedure, your dentist will continue using the WaterLase laser for cleaning, shaping, and disinfecting the root canals. As a final step, we’ll place a temporary crown over the tooth until we can place a permanent one during your next appointment. As an alternative, your dentist could use CEREC to plan and place your permanent crown the same day. A root canal crown restores your tooth to its original strength and appearance.
During the root canal procedure, your dentist will remove infected dental pulp and seal the tooth. To schedule emergency dental care with one of our Livonia dentists, call Livonia Family Smiles at (734) 525-6100.