Endodontic Emergencies
in Charlotte, NC

Toothaches can be painful and stressful, and are often the most noticeable sign of an infection. With emergency endodontic care, you can find immediate relief and restore your oral health.

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Why would I need endodontic emergency care?

When you’re experiencing a damaged or infected tooth, timely care is crucial. The longer you wait, the more likely the affected tooth will need to be extracted. When left untreated, tooth infections can spread to your bloodstream, resulting in more complex, even life-threatening complications. But with emergency treatment from a Charlotte endodontist, you can find relief from your pain, save your tooth, and get back to living your life to the fullest.

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Did you know…

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An emergency root canal can save your tooth.

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Advanced Imaging for Superior Diagnostics

With the latest in CBCT imaging technology, we can diagnose your emergency and plan your treatment with efficiency and efficacy for exceptional results.


If your child is suffering from a toothache, it may be a sign of an infection. A pulpotomy, sometimes called a “baby root canal,” may be able to relieve their pain and restore their oral health, so they can get back to doing what they do best: being a kid.

Board-Certified Endodontist

Choosing a board-certified endodontist ensures that you're receiving care with the highest level of expertise in the field of endodontics. A board-certified endodontist has undergone rigorous training and examination to achieve certification by a recognized dental board. These experts possess advanced knowledge and skills in performing root canal treatments and addressing complex issues related to dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Rest assured, your smile is in great hands.

All-Ages Care

We’re proud to offer care for patients of all ages. If your child is experiencing a toothache, give us a call to see how we can help them find the relief they deserve.

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The Benefits of Emergency Endodontic Care

Relieve Tooth Pain

Instantly alleviate your toothache by clearing out any infected or decayed material.

Stop The Spread Of Infection

Left untreated, infection can spread to other parts of your mouth, and even the rest of your body.

Save Your Tooth

Restore the health of your tooth, and avoid the need for a more drastic procedure like an extraction.

The Endodontic Emergency Treatment Process

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Manage Pain & Call Us

If you’re experiencing a toothache or an oral injury, your first step is to manage pain, swelling, or bleeding. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as well as a cold compress, can help reduce your discomfort and swelling. Sterile gauze should also be used to slow any bleeding. It’s important to avoid aspirin or any other blood thinners.

Give us a call and tell us about your situation, and we’ll provide additional recommendations for at-home care, and schedule your emergency visit.

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Consultation & Exam

When you arrive at our office, your Charlotte endodontist will thoroughly examine the site of your dental emergency. We will take any necessary diagnostic images, and develop a custom treatment plan to get you out of pain and restore your oral health.

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Treatment & Aftercare

After you’ve been approved for treatment, your doctor will perform the necessary procedures. You’ll be numbed with local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing. For added comfort, sedation may be recommended. Once your treatment is complete, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have severe tooth pain, it is best to see a dentist or endodontist as soon as possible. The pain could be a sign of serious infection, and prompt treatment is important to prevent further damage to your oral and overall health. Over-the-counter pain medication or a cold compress can be used to alleviate some of your discomfort while you wait for your emergency visit.

An abscess is a pocket filled with pus that can result in a severe toothache or jaw pain, and is caused by a bacterial infection. If you notice an abscess near a tooth, endodontic treatment like root canal therapy can relieve your pain and stop the infection from spreading.

While it's understandable that severe dental pain may lead you to consider a trip to the emergency room, ERs are typically not equipped to handle endodontic emergencies. Most ER doctors lack the specialized training to address dental issues effectively, and are unable to perform procedures like root canals or tooth extractions. Instead, they might provide temporary relief through pain medications or antibiotics, which can only alleviate symptoms but not treat the root cause.

In contrast, an endodontic specialist like Dr. Katie Kickertz at Premier Endodontics of SouthPark, is trained to handle dental emergencies. Endodontists have additional years of specialized training beyond dental school that focus on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. So, if you're in Charlotte, NC, and you experience a dental emergency, it's best to call us directly at (980) 423-1272 for immediate assistance.

Endodontic emergencies often involve severe tooth pain, typically resulting from deep decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or a tooth injury. The procedures performed during an endodontic emergency will depend on the nature and severity of the problem.

The most common procedure is a root canal, which involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp inside the tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canal, and then filling and sealing the space to prevent further infection. This procedure can often save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

In some cases, endodontic surgery may be necessary. This could involve an apicoectomy (removal of the root tip and the surrounding infected tissue), or a root amputation (removal of one root in a multi-rooted tooth). 

Sometimes, when a tooth cannot be saved, an extraction may be the only option. However, this is usually a last resort, as the goal of endodontic treatment is to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible.

Dental insurance coverage varies widely, so it's important to check with your specific provider to understand what's covered under your plan. However, most dental insurance plans do cover endodontic treatments like root canals, at least partially. 

Typically, insurance will cover a percentage of the cost, after a deductible has been met. The percentage can range from 50% to 80% of the cost, depending on the plan. Some insurance plans may also have an annual maximum that they will pay for dental care.

Remember, even with insurance, there may still be out-of-pocket costs for endodontic treatments. It's always a good idea to consult with your dental office about the estimated cost of treatment and your insurance coverage before you begin treatment. At Premier Endodontics of SouthPark, our team is experienced in working with various insurance providers and can help you navigate your benefits and understand your potential costs.