Root Canals and Tooth Decay Treatment in Lincoln

Tooth decay is commonly associated with the holidays, often perceived as something that only happens to children. But in reality, tooth decay, also known as cavities, can affect patients of all ages. Here at Family and Implant Dentistry, we know what extremes can arise from untreated tooth decay, and work hard to catch this disease early and treat it. Even those who have a damaged tooth from decay can restore their smile with a root canal treatment. Read along to learn more.

What is Tooth Decay?

With this reduction in enamel, the plaque starts to leave dark cracks, pits, or holes in your teeth. Other warning signs include increased sensitivity, pain, or discoloration in the tooth. At this point, the decay is progressing through the layers of the tooth. If it’s caught early, these decaying spots can be cleaned and filled in with a tooth-colored resin to prevent further decay. However, if the decay descends through more layers to the sensitive pulp center, a root canal may be recommended by Dr. Hoffman.

With this reduction in enamel, the plaque starts to leave dark cracks, pits, or holes in your teeth. Other warning signs include increased sensitivity, pain, or discoloration in the tooth. At this point, the decay is progressing through the layers of the tooth. If it’s caught early, these decaying spots can be cleaned and filled in with a tooth-colored resin to prevent further decay. However, if the decay descends through more layers to the sensitive pulp center, a root canal may be recommended by Dr. Hoffman.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a more invasive procedure than a filling, that clears out the diseased tissues within the tooth’s pulp and fills it in with a tooth-colored resin. After a local anesthetic is applied, our dentists will go in and remove the affected pulp, which oftentimes includes removing the blood vessels and nerve endings. However, in spite of the removal, the tooth does not need to be removed. Instead, the space will be filled with a resin, and the entire tooth will be covered with a crown.

These crowns are customized to mimic your affected tooth in look and feel. It essentially restores your smile, while also protecting the tooth and the recent root canal. Patients can rest assured that their crown will be as functional as a real tooth.

Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment

The top benefit of the root canal is clearing out the diseased tissue. Severe dental caries can feel excruciating, interrupting your ability to live a normal life. This includes disrupting sleep, work time, and being social.

The other options would be a tooth extraction, which is irreversible and could cost you more to replace the tooth entirely. A tooth that is extracted also leaves a large gap in your smile that may appear unattractive, and can be harmful for your jawbone. Missing teeth can lead to difficulty chewing, speaking, and possible TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) conditions in the future.

A root canal clears out the affected tissue while also keeping the tooth whole and sound in the jaw. In addition, your root canal is capped with a crown in order to protect the root canal and keep your smile seamless.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

The first line of defense for your teeth is also yourself. As long as you keep up a good oral health regimen, you can keep tooth decay at bay before it worsens. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Brush Twice Daily
  • Floss Daily
  • Check for Warning Signs:
  • Avoid Overconsumption of Sugary and Acidic Foods/Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy typically takes one to two appointments, lasting 45 minutes each. The treatment time depends on the extent of decay and infection that requires removal. For a more accurate estimate, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman by calling (402) 486-4935. During your consultation, he’ll examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a time frame.

 

 

How much does root canal therapy cost?

The cost of root canal therapy varies from patient to patient, depending on your individual needs and the details of the procedure. Insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. It’s best to contact your provider ahead of time to get a better understanding of your specific benefits.

To learn more about root canal therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman at our Lincoln office by calling (402) 486-4935 . During the consultation, he’ll examine your oral health, explain the procedure, and provide you with a more accurate estimate of your treatment plan.

 

 

Does root canal therapy hurt?

No–Dr. Hoffman will provide you with a local anesthetic to make sure you’re free of pain throughout the procedure. During your recovery, it’s normal to feel mild discomfort following your root canal therapy. 

Dr. Hoffman recommends applying a cold compress over the affected area to minimize swelling and taking over-the-counter medications to soothe any pain or discomfort. If the pain persists after a few days, contact us so Dr. Hoffman can get to the root of the problem and help relieve your pain.

 

Are there any complications associated with root canal therapy?

It’s uncommon to experience any complications after receiving a root canal. However, if your tooth becomes broken, infected, or fractured, call our office immediately so Dr. Hoffman can assess the problem. Choosing a trusted and highly qualified dentist, such as Dr. Hoffman, can minimize the risk of serious health complications. 

Dr. Hoffman understands each case requires a unique approach and he wants to help you on your journey to a pain-free smile. 

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Here in Lincoln, NE we believe that great oral health care begins with a clean and comfortable smile. If you have rampant tooth decay that has damaged your teeth, and are in fear of losing that tooth, consider a root canal from Family and Implant Dentistry to help save your smile.