Emergency Root Canal Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Root Canal Therapy

What is the root canal?

The root canal is a pulp-filled cavity in the root of your tooth. Endodontics is the area of dentistry specifically studying and treating this pulp of the tooth. Our team at Los Angeles Center for Endodontics is highly-trained in root canal therapy. In fact, in addition to dental school, Dr. Lee and Dr. Park have years of experience in this field in particular. pride ourselves in treating root canals and traumatic injuries to the teeth with the highest quality materials. 

When is root canal treatment necessary?

Root canal infections will occur for a number of reasons including when:

  • Pulp has deep decay
  • The tooth has undergone multiple treatments
  • The tooth has gone through physical trauma.

Patients that experience any of the following symptoms should contact us immediately for a consultation. You may have developed a root canal infection if you experience:

  • Tooth pain when chewing
  • Prolonged sensitivity in the tooth
  • Discoloration on the tooth
  • Swelling or sensitive gums

When is a root canal treatment considered an emergency?

Patients experiencing very severe pain from a root canal infection, or patients who have had part of their tooth break into the pulp, may need emergency root canal treatment. At Los Angeles Center for Endodontics, we will be happy to accommodate patients in need of urgent care in these situations. If you’re experiencing severe pain or trauma to the teeth, contact our office. We’ll listen to your case and walk you through the best course of treatment to get you out of pain as soon as possible.

There are two types of root canal treatment:

Root Canal Therapy

For root canal therapy treatment, our endodontist enters the root canal through the crown of the tooth to remove the infected pulp and clean the inside.

Root Canal Surgery

If the non-surgical root canal treatment isn’t sufficient, it may mean that the infection is located further down at the tip of the root. If this is the case, root canal surgery—a very minor procedure—treats the infection by entering directly at the root tip through a small incision.

Are emergency root canal treatments painful?

Typically, patients at Los Angeles Center for Endodontics report little to no pain associated with root canal treatments. Emergency root canal treatments are often a result of severe pain. Because of this, our specialists often prescribe an appropriate amount of sedation, anesthesia, and medication to make you comfortable. Through root canal therapy our goal is to restore your oral health as quickly as possible when you visit our office.

How long does it take to heal from root canal treatment?

Most patients are able to return to their everyday activities the next day after root canal treatment. You should expect the tissue around the treated area will feel sensitive. Depending on the severity of your infection, there may be mild pain during recovery. When you come to Los Angeles Center for Endodontics for root canal treatment we walk you through every step. It is our goal to ensure we address all of your questions and concerns before, during, and after treatment.