- Rigby Root Canal Therapy is required when a tooth fracture or deep cavity begins to invade the nerve tissue in the tooth root
- If left untreated, the tooth will become infected and abscess or tooth loss is likely
- This treatment removes the nerve and pulp of the tooth, then sterilizes and seals the inside of the tooth
- Porcelain Crowns are a common sister treatment with Root Canal Therapy, and also act as a “cast” to prevent further injury
Rigby Root Canal Therapy
Time is of the essence when it comes to your teeth. Often times putting off a dental visit can turn a minor cavity into a painful infection reaching all the way to your root. If you have a minor toothache, we would recommend you act quickly to prevent more drastic treatment.
That’s not to say root canals are required just for persons avoiding a filling. Often times a tooth fracture occurs when eating hard foods. Even pregnancy can affect the overall state of your oral health.
Signs that you may need a root canal
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures, even after the hot or cold is removed
- A darkening discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
What to Expect
The logistics of this procedure can seem difficult. The root of the tooth is cleaned of all its pulpy nerve tissue with a dental instrument, in essence removing all the living tissue from your tooth. This accomplishes a few things:
- First, this keeps the pulpy tissue from culturing bacterial infections that would penetrate the root tip;
- And secondly, this makes it so you are no longer in pain!
Keep in mind that the absence of living tissue will create a weakened tooth structure over time. Although it can be treated with a large filling, it is recommended that a porcelain crown be capped over the tooth to prevent further injury.
We’re Not Cutting Down a Tree Here!
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.