If you break your tooth, see your dentist regardless, but if it’s a bad break, be prepared to possibly need an emergency root canal treatment in order to sustain a new crown. Sometimes if a tooth breaks to the point of needing a root canal treatment, it may not be the best course of treatment. Sometimes a broken tooth isn’t worth the money and efforts of you or the dentist and an implant is a better option.
If you didn’t break your tooth but you’re in pain, you may have an infection and need an emergency root canal. Other signs or symptoms of a possible infection include:
The entrance of most bacteria into the pulp canal is a cavity or filling that has started leaking. For these reasons it is important to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth and making sure any fillings that are required get done when they’re small. Once a cavity starts and hits the inside areas of the pulp tissue, it spreads very quickly and introduces infection at the apex of the tooth’s root.
Though oral antibiotics are sometimes successful for an infected tooth, infected root canals almost always require a root canal treatment to successfully eradicate all bacteria. The blood supply within a tooth is so small that oral antibiotics usually don’t get to the source of infection.
With improvements in local anesthetic and endodontic equipment, having an emergency root canal treatment done today is a relatively painless procedure. The worst part of having a root canal done is dealing with the emotional side of needing it and the length of the procedure. Even in an emergency root canal situation, it is a very precise science that requires a steady hand and skilled eye. It is important that you find a competent dentist who is able to perform the treatment or refer you to an endodontic specialist for the procedure.