Root Canal Therapy – Help Save Your Teeth

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Root Canal Therapy Can Help Save Your Teeth

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The most common cause of a root canal is a cavity that has reached the nerve of a tooth. A small cavity will not cause any discomfort. But, if a cavity does reach the nerve, the tooth will become infected by the bacteria within the cavity. At this point, root canal therapy is necessary to treat an infection. In addition, a root canal in Lincoln, NE could be necessary as the result of dental work or injury to the tooth, which can create trauma.

Luckily, Dr. Chris Sullivan, your dentist in Lincoln, NE, and your root canal clinic near me, Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry, can help. Endodontics in Lincoln, NE isn’t as bad as you might think.

Think You Might Need A Root Canal?

Signs and Symptoms

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Sometimes teeth can be sensitive to temperature changes but it does not mean a root canal is necessary. A root canal is often recommended when there is an acute toothache that does not get better and is persistent in keeping the patient up at night. Recommendations for a root canal by a dentist in Lincoln, NE are possible if any of the following symptoms persist: Swelling or dental abscess that is visible on the gum tissue around a tooth , X-ray showing an infection near the end of a tooth’s root, Sudden and acute sensitivity to cold temperatures, Extreme sensitivity to touch and pressure, and Extensive cavity that has reached the pulp (middle part of a tooth).

Problems from an inflamed or infected pulp

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If you have an infection within the tooth, more specifically the pulp, it can spread to tissues that are located around the tooth’s root. Often, this can cause swelling and pain. Even if there is no pain, bacteria that have come from the infection can still cause damage to the bone.

Any type of dental infection can affect your overall health and it is important to treat any dental infection to benefit not only your dental health, but also your overall health. If you need help contact a dentist who offers root canal therapy in Lincoln, NE today.

Our Dentists Can Provide A gentle Root Canal in Lincoln, NE

The pulp of a tooth is the area inside that contains nerves and blood vessels. If and when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment from your dentist in Lincoln, NE should be sought. Generally, inflammation and infection of the pulp will occur if you have any of the following:

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Sometimes teeth can be sensitive to temperature changes but it does not mean a root canal is necessary. A root canal is often recommended when there is an acute toothache that does not get better and is persistent in keeping the patient up at night. Recommendations for a root canal by a dentist in Lincoln, NE are possible if any of the following symptoms persist: Swelling or dental abscess that is visible on the gum tissue around a tooth , X-ray showing an infection near the end of a tooth’s root, Sudden and acute sensitivity to cold temperatures, extreme sensitivity to touch and pressure, and extensive cavity that has reached the pulp (middle part of a tooth).

A chipped or cracked tooth

A deep filling or cavity

Severe or serious injury or trauma to the tooth

Preservation of a tooth is possible by a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE. Depending upon your situation, either root canal therapy or tooth replacement with a dental implant are great options.

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Frequently Asked Questions about…

a Root Canal in Lincoln, NE

Is a root canal better than a dental implant?

A root canal done by a dentist in Lincoln, NE, is a great option for keeping your natural tooth. By keeping your natural tooth you can avoid problems associated with losing a tooth, such as unwanted tooth migration, bone loss or difficulty chewing.

Is A root canal in Lincoln, NE safe for my health?

A root canal in Lincoln, NE are safe for your overall health if no residual infection is left inside the tooth. If a tooth is extremely infected prior to the treatment, it is not safe to complete a root canal procedure for your overall health. Having residual infection inside of a tooth, can lead to a low grade infection at the apices of a tooth. Thus, it could potentially create more inflammation within the body and contribute to other medical conditions associated with higher inflammation levels such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis and many others.

How much is a root canal in Nebraska?

A root canal typically costs $400 to $1000 in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, the price can be as little as $150 if you have dental insurance. And, to make your dental care even more affordable, our dentist in Lincoln, NE, offers dental payment plans.

How long should you have pain after a root canal?

Mild discomfort can follow a successful root canal for a few days. As long as you maintain appropriate oral hygiene, this is only a transitory condition that should go away on its own. If the discomfort persists after three days, make an appointment with your dentist in Lincoln, NE for a follow-up.

Does a root canal procedure hurt?

A root canal in Lincoln, NE should not be painful or hurt. Historically, many patients think of endodontic treatment as a very painful treatment. In most cases, however, it is a very comfortable and easy procedure and it takes just slightly longer than placing a regular filling. A root canal procedure is one of the most effective and affordable methods used to treat an acute toothache or a dental infection, leading to quick pain relief. 

This procedure should cause only minimal discomfort, or be completely painless with the use of new technology and anesthetic choices in modern dentistry with a dentist in Lincoln, NE.

If I choose to remove the tooth, do I need to replace it?

When a tooth is removed or lost, and it is not replaced, it can create problems. The teeth around the lost tooth can shift and create difficulties in chewing, biting, and even daily cleaning. 

Often, if a back tooth is missing, patients will chew using their front teeth that are not meant to handle the chewing pressure, ultimately compromising those teeth.

Can you do a root canal on an infected tooth?

An infected or abscessed tooth can be treated with a root canal to reduce pain. The inflammatory pulp is taken out during the root canal procedure. After disinfecting and cleaning the internal surfaces of the tooth, a filling is next applied to close the opening. After undergoing root canal therapy, our Lincoln, NE dentist may recommend a dental crown to help further protect your tooth and provide it with greater stability.

How long is a root canal procedure?

The number of appointments needed for root canal therapy will depend upon the severity of the infection in your tooth. A root canal typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform. A bigger tooth with many roots may require up to an hour and a half of treatment time.

Who takes my insurance for a root canal?

The excellent news is that our dentists in Lincoln, NE accept most major dental insurance plans. If you have questions about your dental coverage, contact our friendly team. We’d be happy to help!

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This gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE says: “My patients deserve personalized, quality dental care in an atmosphere they feel comfortable in. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, our team of caring professionals is committed to providing you with a comfortable and positive dental experience. Our goal is to form a partnership with you to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health throughout your lifetime.”

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