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Gentle Root Canal Treatment

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At Rigby Advanced Dental, we want to help you keep your natural teeth and beautiful smile. We always do our best to avoid extractions. So if you have an infection within your tooth, we may recommend a root canal procedure to remove the infection and protect your tooth from future problems. Our team does everything possible to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment and to make the procedure as gentle as possible.

The Root Canal Process

Root canals have a bad reputation. "I'd rather have a root canal!" is often heard about something a person doesn't want to do. The pain from the infection in your tooth is likely much more painful than any pressure or mild discomfort you might feel during the procedure.

Before we begin, we take X-rays of your mouth to get a good look at the tooth needing work. Once you're in the chair, we numb the immediate area around the tooth, so all you should feel while we work is a bit of pressure. Let us know if you're uncomfortable or feeling more than pressure so we can give you additional numbing medication. Once the area is prepped, we drill into the tooth and clean out all of the tooth's root canals. We then fill the canals with an antibiotic to ensure the infection is completely gone. Finally, we seal the canals to keep out bacteria. We recommend having a crown placed on the tooth after the root canal to give it extra strength and protection.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

  • Sudden onset of severe tooth pain
  • Swelling or tenderness in an isolated area
  • Pain with chewing or any other pressure
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • New sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Chronic pain or sensitivity in one tooth or area

Affordable Root Canal Therapy

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The health of your mouth is important, and you shouldn't put off necessary care because of cost concerns. At Rigby Advanced Dental, we always do everything we can to work within your budget and still get you the high-quality care you deserve. Our practice is very insurance friendly, and we'll file and track claims to help you make the most of your benefits. For our uninsured or underinsured patients, we have in-house financing available and accept CareCredit® financing as well. One of our team members will go over your expected out-of-pocket costs before your treatment begins because we don't want you to be caught off-guard. Let us get you a healthy smile on your terms.

Root Canal Treatment FAQ

What's a root canal procedure?

The root canal procedure is a type of endodontic treatment. “Endodontic” means inside the tooth. The procedure gets its name because it involves removing infected material from inside a tooth’s root canal. Every tooth has at least one root, while some (like molars) can have two or three.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Really the only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is to visit a dental professional so they can perform an exam and take any necessary X-rays. That being said, there are common symptoms to look out for, including tooth pain, gum swelling or tenderness, and tooth sensitivity.

What can cause a tooth root infection?

There are a number of different situations that can result in a tooth root becoming infected. Some of the most common include severe/untreated tooth decay, a cracked tooth, and dental trauma.

Does a root canal hurt during the procedure?

Many people fear that getting root canal treatment will hurt, but this is not the case. The area will be properly numbed so that you might feel some pressure during the procedure, but not pain. What actually hurts is the tooth infection itself!

What is root canal aftercare like?

After you get a root canal, your mouth might still be numb from the local anesthesia, so we recommend you stick to soft foods, eat slowly, and chew on the opposite side of the tooth that was treated. You should also avoid very hot foods and beverages like soup, tea, and coffee until the numbness has worn off so you don’t accidentally injure yourself.

You might experience some temporary swelling or discomfort for a few days during the healing process. You can take over-the-counter medication to address this. You should continue to brush and floss, but make sure to take your time and be gentle around the treatment area.

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