There are times when tooth pain is so unbearable that a patient needs to be seen immediately. An emergency appointment may be made for that same day and a procedure may be performed to help alleviate the pain. The doctor can open the tooth, remove the nerve, and place medication in the tooth to eliminate the infection and place a temporary filling. This will significantly reduce the pain and begin the healing process until you can return for the completion of the root canal. Other emergency treatment options include a long-lasting anesthetic and prescriptions for antibiotics and/or pain medications to address any swelling and infection. Emergency dental pain can be quite complicated in nature and therefore it is best to see an Endodontist help manage and comfortably relieve you of your acute pain symptoms.