Root Canal Therapy in Lincoln, NE
A root canal therapy – also called endodontics – is a procedure that is used to treat and save an abscessed or inflamed tooth. In the past, dentists would have to remove an abscessed or acutely inflamed tooth. However, today our Lincoln dentist Dr. Kathryn Alderman can better evaluate if an infected tooth can be treated and saved. If the diagnosis looks promising, Dr. Kathryn Alderman will perform a gentle and affordable root canal procedure.
“Performing root canal therapy is a routine procedure. It fixes the inside of a tooth instead of extracting it. This procedure should not hurt when completed by a skilled, experienced dentist. I love creating a positive root canal therapy experience for my patients, and would be happy to do the same for you.” – Dr. Kathryn Alderman
What are the symptoms of needing a root canal therapy?
An infected tooth can cause severe damage to your oral health. An infection can cause an abscess around your tooth and potentially lead to bone loss in your jaw. The following symptoms are associated with the need for root canal therapy:
- Unexpected, harsh pain while chewing or biting
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen gums in the area of the tooth
- Feeling ill or feverish
- Pus around the infected area
- Bitter taste in mouth
- Swollen glands or jaw
You can learn more about needing root canal therapy here.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
At one point in time, root canal therapy had a bad reputation. Many patients are still afraid to have a root canal done. In reality, root canal therapy is a relatively easy procedure that Dr. Kathryn Alderman, our Lincoln, NE dentist, can complete in just 60-80 minutes. After the dentist gives you a root canal, you’ll feel much better, especially if you have been experiencing a sharp toothache or swelling due to an infected tooth. Root canal treatment utilizes the natural tooth to retain your bite and make the chewing process more efficient. Cosmetically, the tooth may require a new crown after a root canal is completed. This allows the tooth to appear normal and to be more durable.
You can read more about the process of a root canal here.
I have an autoimmune condition or am compromised medically. Is it still safe for me to have root canal therapy? Are root canals safe for overall health?
Root canal therapy requires the removal of the source of a toothache. A toothache happens due to either an acutely inflamed nerve or a nerve that is infected or abscessed. If the tooth has acute inflammation, a gentle and affordable root canal is very safe for overall health. If the tooth’s nerve is infected or there is an abscess surrounding the tooth, it can be challenging to remove the entire infection.
Often, the bacteria in an infected nerve cannot be completely removed. As a result, the tooth becomes a source of chronic infection. After removing the nerve and blood supply from the tooth, it becomes a virtually empty, dead space. Bacteria that was previously responsible for a simple toothache can multiply greatly in this empty space, leading to chronic infection in the patient’s mouth.
What is the best solution for a toothache or an infected tooth?
The best option is to set up an appointment with Dr. Kathryn Alderman. This Lincoln dentist understands the importance of removing bacteria and treating teeth with root canal therapy. Especially for patients with a compromised immune system, Dr. Kathryn Alderman is well-equipped to keep you safe.
If a patient has a long-standing tooth infection leading to the loss of bone or the presence of pus, a root canal is a poor treatment option. This state of being is called an abscess. Performing a root canal on an abscessed tooth will lead to a chronic low-grade infection in a patient’s mouth. Many patients have a certain amount of tolerance for poor dental work and associated low-grade infection with it. However, for patients with auto-immune disorders, the immune system will struggle daily with keeping up the body’s protection as a result of this kind of infection. Having a compromised root canal can put an additional and unnecessary strain on an already compromised immune system.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal Therapy
While we’re glad to answer any questions our patients have, we hear some questions more often than others. We’ve listed some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Which teeth are appropriate for gentle and affordable root canal therapy?
Sometimes a tooth is simply cracked, broken, or newly placed with a dental filling. All of those things can lead to acute inflammation of the tooth. At this point, there is no extensive amount of harmful bacteria inside the tooth. In this case, the tooth is hurting simply due to acute inflammation, indicated by sharp and often radiating toothaches. The good news is that this type of tooth can be saved and preserved with a root canal treatment.
What is the prognosis of a cracked tooth and root canal?
If the crack in a tooth is small, your dentist can perform a root canal to save the tooth. If a crack is extensive and permeates the roots of a tooth, it would be best to remove the tooth and to not spend money or time saving the tooth.
Is it better to see an endodontist for root canal therapy?
Dr. Kathryn Alderman has performed hundreds of root canals and is qualified to perform root canal therapy. On certain occasions, she will refer her patients to an endodontist if the necessary root canal is extremely complicated. However, if you’re hoping to avoid an expensive root canal procedure by an endodontist in Lincoln, NE, you should set up a free consultation with our Lincoln dentist, Dr. Kathryn Alderman.
Where can I find root canal therapy for children in Lincoln, NE?
Root canal treatment in younger children is called pulpectomy treatment. Children use their back teeth for chewing and maintaining the space necessary for permanent teeth to come in. Dr. Kathryn Alderman, your Lincoln dentist, does perform root canal treatment for children at any of her locations and is great at comforting your kids and helping them relax during dental appointments.
Is it normal to have pain or sensitivity after root canal therapy?
Yes, for a few days. Be sure not to chew or bite on a treated tooth until the full root canal treatment is completed. After root canal treatment your tooth will likely be sensitive. You can use over-the-counter medications to help manage anticipated mild discomfort.
After completing root canal therapy, you should not experience a sharp pain or a toothache weeks later. If you do experience a sharp toothache well after your root canal therapy, you should see our Lincoln, NE emergency dentist for an evaluation.
How long does pain after a root canal therapy last?
You may experience mild jaw discomfort immediately following a root canal. However, you can control this mild discomfort with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol. You should not be experiencing a sharp pain or a toothache after your root canal.
Will I need to take time off work after root canal procedure?
You can expect to be numb and to have mild jaw soreness after root canal therapy. If your job requires talking to people, your mouth may be numb for a few hours and you may want to take a day off. In general though, you can go back to work right after a root canal therapy and continue with your regular activities. Most patients return to work soon after root canal therapy.
What is the cost for gentle and affordable root canal therapy in Lincoln, NE?
The average cost for a gentle and affordable root canal therapy ranges between $400 to $850 in Lincoln, NE. The cost of a root canal from an endodontist is typically over $1000. The cost is higher because most endodontists do not accept major insurance plans in Lincoln, NE. If you want a gentle and affordable root canal, Dr. Kathryn Alderman can perform a root canal therapy at any of her locations. Then, the cost for a root canal will be dramatically cheaper than with an endodontist. Dr. Kathryn Alderman accepts most major insurance plans, and the cost for root canal therapy after insurance may be as little as $150.
Does dental insurance cover a root canal treatment?
Most dental insurances will cover anywhere from 50-80% of the cost of a root canal.
What is the cost for a root canal without dental insurance in Lincoln, NE?
The cost for a root canal without insurance in Lincoln, NE is between $400-$1400 (depending on the tooth). If you are looking for a dental payment plan, we would be happy to talk through dental payment options for a root canal treatment at any of our offices.
I have a tooth with a root canal and a crown that hurts. Is that normal?
It’s normal to experience some discomfort right after root canal therapy. However, if you experience a toothache or mild discomfort long after root canal therapy, you could have a cracked or infected tooth. If this is the case, you should see our emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE to evaluate your toothache.
Should I have pain in a tooth with a root canal therapy years later?
You should not have pain or a toothache or swelling years after a root canal therapy. If you experience pain or swelling years after a root canal therapy, you should see an emergency dentist to evaluate your toothache.
Looking for a second opinion about root canal therapy? We also offer online consults.
If you would like to have a second consult by Dr. Kathryn Alderman, you can request an appointment online or email her at email@example.com with any questions. If you would like a second opinion on your recent dental treatment or diagnosis, you can email her your X-ray and any questions you may have. She’s happy to get back to you and give you her professional opinion.
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