Emergency Dentistry - Westerville
In Pain? Call Us Now!
If faced with severe, unbearable pain, your endodontist in Westerville, OH can address the issue efficiently and comfortably. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule an emergency appointment in record time.
What Will Happen During My Emergency Appointment?
First, Dr. Lisa will exam and perform testing to pinpoint the source of the pain and its severity. She will also take a digital radiograph to aid in diagnosis. While we strive to preserve the tooth, extraction may be necessary in some instances. Once we’ve determined that root canal therapy is a viable option, local anesthesia will be provided and the treatment will be carried out. Infected pulp will be eliminated from within the tooth and replaced with a biocompatible substance known as gutta-percha. In some instances, a CaOH2 medication will be placed in the tooth and the patient will need to return in a few weeks to complete treatment. As the final step, a temporary filling will be placed for added protection. Patients will need to return to their general dentist once treatment is completed for a permanent restoration.
What Other Dental Emergencies Can Endodontists Treat?
Dr. Lisa’s also treats traumatic dental injuries, such as:
- A serious crack or fracture
- A partially dislodged tooth
- A fully knocked-out/avulsed tooth
- A root fracture
These types of dental emergency situations typically require root canal therapy or endodontic surgery for full correction.
How Do I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
- Brush at least twice each day and floss at least once daily. Make sure to attend regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months with your general dentist as well.
- Exercise caution when eating foods that are extremely sticky, tough to chew, or hard.
- Always wear an oral appliance when playing sports and/or if you’re a victim of chronic bruxism (teeth grinding).
- When experiencing oral pain and/or injury, do not wait to visit a dentist or endodontist. These issues will worsen over time without professional intervention; eventually resulting in the loss of a tooth that otherwise could have been saved!