Root Canals in Omaha, NE
Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal procedure done to remove tooth pain from an infected tooth is the dental procedure of choice to save an affected tooth that otherwise would die and have to get extracted.
If you do indeed need a root canal, the treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime. There are always risks of infections that can occur. We encourage regular dental visits and care to limit that possibility. Root canal safety and saving the natural tooth is the first priority of root canal specialists.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness around the tooth, blood vessels or gum.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
Long Term Benefits of a Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy is often one of the best ways to save a damaged or infected tooth and ensure total oral health and wellbeing over time. Not only will you be provided relief from the pain of an infected tooth, but you will be saving your natural teeth while preventing further infection and disease. Utilizing root canal therapy early helps in avoiding costly dental procedures in the future such as crowns or bridges. These root canal alternatives are best to be avoided. If you suspect that you may need a root canal, talk to your dentist today about scheduling an appointment for evaluation and treatment. With the right care and maintenance, you can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for years to come!
How To Avoid Developing an Infected Tooth/Need For Root Canal Treatment
There are a number of things you can do to avoid developing an infection in place and prevent a need for root canal procedures. These include:
- Brushing your teeth regularly, at least twice per day, with fluoride toothpaste.
- Flossing your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles that become trapped between teeth.