Root Canal Therapy in Lincoln, NE

Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, is a procedure that can be used to save a tooth with infection or inflammation of the nerve. In the past, the only option for teeth with these conditions was extraction. Modern dentistry allows us to save teeth using root canal therapy. Dr. Kathryn Alderman is our root canal dentist and she will carefully evaluate your tooth to ensure it has a promising prognosis and can help you to save your teeth for many years by performing root canal therapy.

“Root canal therapy is a routine procedure. It allows us to repair 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 contribute to poor oral and overall health. A tooth 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 sharp 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.

 

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Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Historically, root canal therapy has had a negative reputation. Many patients are still fearful of having this procedure performed. In reality, root canal therapy is a relatively easy procedure that can usually be completed in 90 minutes or less. After you’ve completed your root canal treatment, you will feel much better, especially if you have been suffering from an intense toothache from infection. Root canal treatment allows us to save your natural tooth, preserving your chewing function and visual aesthetics. Typically it is recommended to have teeth that have had root canal therapy crowned in order to support long-term chewing function.

You can read more about the process of a root canal here.

 

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I have an autoimmune condition, is it 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 can occur from an acutely inflamed nerve or a nerve that has become infected or abscessed. If the tooth has acute inflammation, a root canal is 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 with root canal therapy.

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.

Teeth that have not been infected are the best candidates for root canal therapy. Teeth with acute inflammation due to trauma or decay and not infection have the best prognosis for any patients, including patients with auto-immune conditions.

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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?

Teeth with cracks, fractures, or newly placed fillings can exhibit symptoms of acute inflammation in the nerve. In these cases, there is usually not a large amount of harmful bacteria inside of the tooth. In these cases, the tooth may be symptomatic with a sharp toothache simply as the result of the body’s natural attempt to heal itself by creating an acute inflammatory response. Typically teeth in these cases can be preserved with root canal therapy.

 

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What is the prognosis of a cracked tooth and root canal?

If the crack in a tooth is small, a root canal can be performed to save the tooth. If a crack extends to the roots of a tooth, it would be best to remove the tooth and to not use resources to try to save the tooth.

 

 

Is it better to see an endodontist for root canal therapy?

In some instances, it is necessary to see an endodontist (root canal specialist) if a root canal is extremely complicated. However, Dr. Kathryn Alderman is very experienced and skilled at performing root canals. Occasionally she refers patients to an endodontist with more complicated cases, but the majority of root canals can be performed in our office.

Where can I find root canal therapy for children in Lincoln, NE?

A root canal that is performed on a baby tooth is called a pulpectomy. Sometimes it is necessary to save baby teeth that have had extensive decay by doing a pulpectomy. Children need their primary (baby) molars for chewing and maintaining space necessary for permanent teeth to erupt in the proper position. Our Lincoln root canal dentist often performs this treatment on young children, and is great at comforting children and helping them to relax during their appointments.

Is it normal to have pain or sensitivity after root canal therapy?

Try not to chew or bite on a partially treated tooth until the full root canal treatment is completed. It is normal to have mild discomfort after root canal therapy that usually lasts up to three to five days. During that time it can help to take Ibuprofen to help with the sensitivity.

In the weeks following a root canal, patients should not continue to experience toothaches or any pain. If you do experience an intense toothache several weeks after having a root canal, you should schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist for an evaluation.

How long does pain after a root canal therapy last?

You may experience mild jaw discomfort immediately after a root canal. This mild discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol. You should not experience 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 tenderness in the jaw muscles for a few hours or days after root canal therapy. Your mouth may be numb for a few hours after the procedure, so if your job requires a lot of talking, you may decide to take the day off. In general, you can resume normal activity immediately after root canal therapy. Most patients return to work the same day.

What is the cost for gentle and affordable root canal therapy in Lincoln, NE?

The cost of a root canal can vary. Our office accepts more insurance plans and has lower prices than most root canal specialists or endodontists in town. We accept almost every major dental insurance, which typically covers 50-80% of the cost of a root canal. Usually, our root canals cost between $400 and $850. After insurance, the cost can often be reduced to 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 help you navigate the various payment options we offer at 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 immediately 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 swelling years after a root canal was performed. If you experience these symptoms, you should see an emergency dentist to evaluate your tooth.

Looking for a second opinion about root canal therapy? We also offer online consults.

If you would like to have a second consult with Dr. Kathryn Alderman, you can request an appointment online or email her at aldermankathryn@yahoo.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 will be happy to get in touch with you and give you her professional opinion.

 



 

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