Endodontics or endodontic therapy includes a range of dental treatments that focus on the softer, inner tissue of the teeth. The health of the tooth pulp (or the inside center of the tooth) directly relates to the health of the tissue, which affects the stability and look of the tooth. The pulp of a tooth gets its nutrients and blood flow from the tooth roots. It is the tooth roots that connect the tooth to the gums and jawbone. As it is important to protect the tooth pulp from infection and disease and root canals are sometimes necessary to preserve your natural teeth.
Many patients believe that a root canal procedure is an extremely painful and complicated procedure. The truth is, that it is the dental problems themselves that warrant a root canal that are the source of the patient’s pain and discomfort. An infection or disease of the tooth roots cause inflammation that reach the nerves of the tooth, which causes pain and sensitivity. Root canals are meant to treat the painful infection and disease of the tooth root and the nerves, whereby putting a stop to the pain.
At Lincoln Dental Associates we utilize the latest technology in our root canal procedures so as to minimize patient discomfort and time in the dentist chair. You’ll find your root canal in Lincoln NE with us to be easy and a great solution to your dental pain.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
We will try alternative methods of preserving a patient’s tooth before recommending a root canal. We only recommend root canal therapy when decay or infection has touched a nerve or damaged the pulp of a tooth. A toothache alone may not be the sign that you need a root canal. However, if you combine a toothache with some other symptoms, such as those listed below, it may be time schedule an appointment and pay us a visit.
Possible symptoms that may indicate a need for a root canal:
- Severe pain while chewing
- Dark and discolored tooth
- Oversensitivity to temperature changes
- Persistent pimples, lesions or sores on the gums
- Tenderness or swelling in the soft tissues around the tooth
What to Expect During a Root Canal
When you arrive for your treatment, we will begin with x-rays so we can see exactly how far the infection has reached. This will help us determine the shape of the canal. We will then use an anesthetic to minimize discomfort before beginning the procedure.
Next, we will remove the pulp, bacteria, and the decayed nerve. After that, we’ll clean and shape the canal so it can be properly sealed with either a filling or a dental crown.
We’re Here to Help End Your Dental Pain
At Lincoln Dental Associates, we do much more than root canals. We offer a wide range of dental services in Lincoln, NE. Toothaches and tooth sensitivity can have multiple causes other than infected or decayed tooth pulp and roots. The complex and large networks of nerves in the mouth and around the teeth can make it difficult to diagnose the true source of a patient’s dental pain and discomfort. Sometimes multiple teeth can get affected by the damage, decay or disease of a nearby tooth.
The dental specialists at Lincoln Dental Associates utilize state-of-the-art technology and the best dental procedures and practices including bridges and dental crowns Lincoln, NE to complete your smile after root canal therapy. This gives patients the most accurate and timely diagnosis as possible. We take the guesswork out of diagnosing your dental issue and the source of your tooth discomfort so that you can quickly get back to your life pain-free. Contact us today to set up an appointment and put an end to the pain.