1) If you can, take one ore two Advil afterward before the anesthetic wears off, or preferably 20 minutes before the root canal.
2) Have your dentist adjust the bite so you don't hit the tooth
3) Make sure your dentist uses proper sterile technique including using a RUBBER DAM to treat you (helps keep things clean and safe)
4) If it is a complicated tooth (multiple canals, severe infection) you may wish to consult an endodontist (root canal specialist).
I can't say specifically whether your husband is an emergency, but based on your description, if there is a problem, it should be addressed, evaluated and diagnosed ASAP to avoid pain, swelling, or loss of tooth.
occur with extractions, implants, periodontal surgery, etc. This is the main reason why I recommend re-treatment of the root canal rather than surgery as a first choice. Most endodontists are retreating root canals that did not respond to the original treatment rather than surgery. Re-treatment offers a higher success rate when performed by an endodontist
compared to surgery on an infected root. If the tooth is properly cleaned out, then surgery success rates rise. Of course, re-treatment is usually more time consuming and will damage the crown, necessitating a new post and crown. Surgery is faster, but if it doesn't work, then what?
won't work," etc. In my own practice, about 25% of the patients have come in because the root canals failed the first time when done by their general dentist. Endodontists offer a higher success rate. Endodontists have surgical microscopes and specialized training that most general dentists do not have. Please understand that general dentists treat approximately 90% of the root canals in the USA. Endodontists get the tougher ones. Endodontists can have failed root canals, but so can implants (they have the same success rates). If the root canal failed because of fracture, then extraction and implant would be advisable. Endodontists can usually spot fractures with the microscope and thus recommend extraction before you go through the whole process of root canal therapy, post and crown and then problem from the missed fracture. Apicoectomy has about 90% success on an
uninfected canal, and 50% success on an infected canal. Re-treatment of the root canal offers about a 95% success rate. I feel it is always better to clean out the infection that is in the root canal rather than seal it into the root canal.