Most often referred to as a root canal, root canal treatment is a common endodontic service that we offer at Joseph Rigg, DDS. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating conditions that affect the dental pulp, tooth nerves, and tooth canals located inside of your tooth. When decay or damage is serious enough, it reaches beyond the tooth enamel into this delicate area. If left untreated, infection and painful abscesses can occur and eventually kill the tooth completely. Root canal treatment in Aberdeen, South Dakota aims to save your smile and relieve pain caused by tooth infection.
Because we need to remove all of the damaged dental pulp and tooth nerves, local anesthesia is generally used during root canal treatment to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. After your tooth has been sanitized and cleaned, we use a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to fill in the empty space inside of your tooth. The tooth is then sealed off with a dental crown or filling. Although many claim that root canal treatment is scary and painful, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In the hands of our skilled dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg, root canal treatments are relatively painless and easy to complete. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain or swelling around a tooth, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us today so we can provide fast diagnosis and effective treatment. We look forward to giving you a reason to smile again!