Root Canal Therapy

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Root Canal Therapy

You’ve no-doubt heard plenty of horror stories about root canals. A lot of people still have the idea that this has to be an awful experience.

This is an outdated notion, however, as it’s rooted in a lot of sub par or technologically challenged methods of the past.

At our Rigby dental clinic, root canals are just another routine dental procedure. With anesthesia, conscious sedation, and plenty of care, this is a safe and clean procedure that will be over before you know it.

When Do You Need A Root Canal?

Root canals are typically required when a tooth has a deep fracture or has decayed to the point that the inner-tissue of the tooth has become infected.

The soft, pulpy tissue at the center of your tooth - appropriately called the “tooth pulp” - contains various blood vessels and the tooth nerves.

When this tissue is infected or damaged, the pain can be overwhelming.

The good news is that root canals at our Rigby dental clinic will ultimately eliminate your pain and restore your tooth to its natural form and function.

How Are Root Canals Performed?

First, we use a dental instrument to clean out your tooth root of all of the infected tooth pulp. This stops the infection, keeping it from spreading into the root tip, but it also does something equally important: stopping your pain!

What a massive relief it will be to not have that stinging, electric pain in your tooth, jaw, and head anymore.

After that’s done, we recommend placing a porcelain crown on the tooth to preserve its strength, as having a tooth that’s empty of pulp can lead to a weakening of the tooth structure over time.

Signs That You Need A Root Canal

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment at our Rigby dental clinic.
  • Intense tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure to a tooth;
  • Prolonged pain after a tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures;
  • Tooth discoloration, usually dark and/or grey;
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the tooth;
  • A pimple-like protrusion at the gumline near the tooth.
  • What Happens If You Put Off Getting A Root Canal?

    In short: it’s not going to be pleasant.

    Tooth decay makes its way into deeper and deeper layers of the tooth until it eventually reaches the tooth pulp, at which point the pulp becomes infected and inflamed. However, because the tooth pulp is surrounded by solid tooth structure, all of that pressure gets forced down on the tooth nerve.

    This is 1) very painful, and 2) cuts off blood supply to the tooth nerve, eventually causing its death.

    Eventually, an inflamed pocket of pus - usually referred to as a dental abscess - appears at the gumline. This happens when the infection has spread deep into the tooth root and made its way into the gumline.

    Don’t Let That Happen!

    At our Rigby dental clinic, we offer the anesthesia and conscious sedation you need for an easy, fast, and effective root canal.