Sometimes, patients experience sudden emergencies that call for a root canal; thankfully, an emergency dentist can conduct root canals when the need arises. At Yankee Valley Dental, our emergency dentist in Airdrie is available to help relieve your pain as quickly as possible. 

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that’s performed when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. The procedure can save a tooth from being pulled, which can lead to more expensive procedures such as dental implants and bridges. A root canal is performed by cleaning the canals inside the root of a tooth.

When to Visit an Emergency Dentist for a Root Canal

An emergency root canal is often the answer when an infected or damaged tooth causes unbearable pain. Often, this pain prevents a patient from conducting their day-to-day tasks, including work, school, and housework. If the pain is bad enough, they may even lose sleep. The ache caused by a tooth infection may spread into the face and jaw or cause an abscess close to the infected tooth.

When this level of pain occurs in a tooth, emergency dental work is usually needed. It’s a sign of a severe infection; without prompt treatment, the situation may only worsen.

Other signs that a root canal might be necessary include: 

  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • A toothache that’s worse when chewing
  • Sore or swollen gums
  • An abscess or lesion on the gums
  • Discolouration in the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold

Are Root Canals Painful? 

When you undergo a root canal procedure, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the procedure is completed and the anesthetic wears off, you may feel tender or sore for a few days. Your dentist will provide you with tips to manage any pain or discomfort at the end of your procedure. 

Contact Yankee Valley Dental for Emergency Dentistry

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, Yankee Valley Dental can help. Our emergency dentist, Dr. Parsa, is dedicated to providing effective care and treatment in all emergency situations. 

Contact our office today and we’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.