Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

Do I need an emergency root canal?

If you need root canal treatment, it is always an urgent matter. A root canal treatment means you have a root infection or tooth trauma. Without intervention, the infection can spread, and you can lose your tooth and other teeth.

Sometimes a root infection does not cause pain. This happens if the infection is just starting or if the nerve is dead. Other times our Huntsville patients will report a toothache, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, and a blister on the gum.

Whether your root infection or trauma is painful or comes without symptoms, it should be treated as soon as possible.

If our emergency dentist in Huntsville finds that you need root canal treatment, we make sure the area is numb before beginning work.

Once the tooth is numb, your dentist extracts the infected pulp and root from the tooth. We then use a temporary filling to promote healing. At a later appointment, your dentist either places a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown—the latter if the tooth is weakened by infection.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we believe that if you are in pain, or if your oral health is at risk, that it is always a dental emergency.

If you notice signs of a root infection, contact our dental team as soon as possible.

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (256) 539-4079
View the ADA Accessibility Statement