Emergency dentistry deals with dental emergencies of all kinds. One of the most common symptoms that leads people to seek emergency dental treatment is severe tooth pain.
Severe tooth pain is usually caused by an infection inside the tooth. The pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth, is made up of nerves and other soft tissues. Infection that invades the pulp causes inflammation, and with nowhere for the pressure to escape, severe pain results. The nerves die, and if left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and soft tissue.
The pulp can become infected from trauma, fracture or severe decay that extends deep into the tooth. Once the tooth becomes infected, the only hope of saving the tooth is by performing root canal therapy. Successful root canal therapy not only removes the infection but also eliminates the pain.
A root canal involves removing the infected pulp. Once the pulp tissue is removed, the pulp chamber is cleaned and disinfected, and then refilled with a rubber-like substance called guta percha. The tooth is normally then reinforced with a crown to protect it from further injury.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, time is of the essence. Contact our expert in emergency root canal in Los Angeles to find out if your tooth can be saved.