A dental emergency usually requires immediate care. There are several different types of dental treatments that are available to you in the case of an emergency.
If the tooth has become infected to the point that you are experiencing unbearable pain, this can definitely be characterized as an emergency. When you get to the dentist, they will do a visual examination and then an X-ray of the tooth. This will help the dentist assess the extent of the damage. It may be determined that you can save the tooth if you undergo an emergency root canal procedure. In an emergency root canal procedure, the infected pulp is removed, the root canal is flushed and cleaned, and an antibiotic is usually administered. The tooth is then filled and topped with a dental crown. In other cases, you may not be able to save your tooth. The damage may simply be too severe. In a case such as that, an emergency dental extraction will be recommended by our Los Angeles emergency dentists.
Sometimes a patient completely knocks their tooth out. An endodontist may be able to reattach it, but time is of the essence. It is easiest to save a tooth that has fallen out within the first hour of it happening. If you have any additional questions concerning the dental treatments used in an emergency, contact our expert in emergency dental work in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.