Is an infected tooth considered a dental emergency?
An infected tooth is not only a dental emergency, but it is probably the most common of all dental-related emergencies.
An infected tooth can be very painful, preventing sleep and making eating difficult or impossible. If you have a toothache, you probably have an infection and should contact our emergency dentist in Bridgeton, MO as soon as possible.
An infected tooth—or a root canal infection—requires root canal therapy to prevent the spread of inflammation and the loss of your tooth.
Symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Gum blister
Emergency Root Canal Treatment
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, you likely have a root canal infection. However, it is important to seek dental care for a proper diagnosis.
Suppose our dentist in Bridgeton does diagnose you with a root infection. In that case, we provide an anesthetic to the area, remove the infection from your tooth, and seal it temporarily with a transit filling. Then, typically a week or two, we close it permanently with a dental crown or dental filling at a later date.
We always recommend a dental crown if your treated tooth is at risk for breakage.