Don\u2019t ignore tooth pain. If you suspect you have an abscess tooth, you\u2019ll need to call our office as soon as possible to schedule emergency dental care and potential root canal therapy. Once a cavity is deep enough to breach the living tissue inside your tooth, you\u2019ll need to schedule a root canal. Our root canal dentists will do everything they can to save your tooth from extraction. Signs You Need a Root Canal It\u2019s important that you see our dentist every six months for a routine teeth cleaning and oral examination. Often, there are no signs you need root canal therapy until it\u2019s too late. Signs you need an emergency root canal include: \tSevere toothache \tDarkening of the tooth \tProlonged tooth sensitivity \tSore or swollen gums \tPimple on the gums Root Canal Therapy During the root canal procedure, we will numb the tooth before drilling an access hole through the top. Next, our dentist will remove infected tooth pulp using root canal files of increasing size. After your tooth has been flushed out and cleaned, we\u2019ll seal it and place a filling over top. After root canal treatment, you\u2019ll most likely need a dental crown to restore the tooth to its natural function and appearance. Schedule an Appointment Our Hudsonville, MI, root canal dentists will do everything within their power to restore your smile before resorting to tooth extraction. Call Hudsonville Dental at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online.