If you have a toothache and you think that you may need a root canal in Chevy Chase, MD, you may be wondering if this procedure qualifies as a dental emergency. Can you get a same-day root canal from Dr. Eric Morrison for a toothache? Find out in this blog from Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry!
If you have a toothache, we always recommend that you contact the team at Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry right away. A serious toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer is always a dental emergency, since it could indicate an infected tooth.
If your tooth is infected, it will definitely need treatment with a root canal, and your condition counts as a dental emergency. Without proper care, your tooth pain will only get worse, and you could end up losing your tooth.
In rare cases, toothaches could even cause serious side effects like a high fever, swelling in your face, and even a blood infection (sepsis) that could be lethal. For these reasons, toothaches demand immediate care in Chevy Chase, so you can contact Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry for an emergency appointment. Give us a call at (301) 637-0719 to get started.
If you’ve never had a root canal before and don’t know much about the procedure, you might not know what to expect from the process. So here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect when getting treatment from Dr. Eric Morrison in Chevy Chase.
First, Dr. Morrison will examine your mouth to ensure that he understands the extent of your tooth infection. X-rays may need to be taken during this process. Then, he will begin the procedure by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Morrison will begin trimming away damaged and infected tooth material from your tooth.
Then, he will create a small opening in the surface of the tooth. Through this opening, Dr. Morrison will remove all of your decayed and damaged pulp using a variety of specialized dental tools. When this process is complete, Dr. Morrison will flush and sanitize the inside of your tooth.
Next, he will fill the tooth with an inert, rubber-like substance called “gutta-percha.” This supports and strengthens the interior of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Morrison will apply a filling or a temporary crown to your tooth to restore its shape and function, and protect it from further damage. If you get a temporary crown, you’ll need to come back for another appointment to have a permanent crown fitted and placed onto your treated tooth.
At Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry, we take your oral health seriously. That’s why we always offer same-day appointments for patients with toothaches. A root canal is always an emergency dental treatment, so Dr. Morrison will see you and treat your tooth as soon as possible. To get your appointment, just contact us now at (301) 637-0719, and come to our office as soon as you can.