A root infection can be excruciating, but sometimes, if the nerve is dead, there may not be any pain. In either case, a root infection is a dental emergency because opportunistic infections can spread to other teeth or other locations in the body.
If you have signs of a root infection, you need a diagnosis and treatment sooner rather than later.
Signs of a root infection include:
- A toothache that may be worse with hot or cold foods and drinks or when biting down
- Swelling and jaw pain
- A bump or blister on the gum near the site of the pain or swelling
Your Root Canal Emergency in Flowery Branch, GA
If you notice signs of a root infection, contact our dental clinic as soon as possible. A member of our team will provide instructions and schedule your dental appointment as quickly as possible—typically the same day.
When you arrive at our dental office, we will get you in front of our emergency dentist in Flowery Branch, GA as soon as possible. The goal is to numb the area, relieve your pain, and save your tooth.
When your tooth is numb, your dentist gently removes the root and pulp from the tooth and places a temporary dental filling. At your next dental visit, usually within two weeks, we provide a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown to complete the work and restore full function to the tooth.
Preventing Future Infections
The best way to prevent oral health conditions, including root infections, is through regular dental health check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. You should also brush and floss two times every day—at least. Also, if you suffer a tooth trauma, make sure to let your dentist know. Root infection can present long after the trauma, even if you don’t feel much pain the day following the injury.
Contact Our Dental Team
If you have a toothache or oral health changes, we encourage you to get in touch with a dental team member today.