Root Canal Therapy

Root canals may seem like scary and complicated procedures, but modern methods and leading-edge technology have made root canal therapy more comfortable and effective than ever before. Antelope Creek Family Dentistry uses rotary endodontics to provide a more precise and 
comprehensive way to perform root canal treatments in Lincoln, NE.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also simply known as a root canal, removes harmful bacteria from infected root canals in the tooth. A root canal is actually the part of the tooth that houses the bundle of soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels called the pulp. When the pulp is infected or inflamed, it can cause tremendous pain and discomfort, requiring prompt removal. 

Not only does root canal therapy extract bacteria that can pollute your smile, but it also prevents recurring infections and can save the natural tooth. In more recent years, root canals have evolved into relatively comfortable procedures that only require a visit or two to the dental office. 

What Does a Root Canal Entail?

A root canal procedure can be done in five simple steps:

  1. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain during your treatment. Your tooth and surrounding tissues will be numb the entire length of the procedure. 
  2. He will then gently remove the infected or inflamed pulp using rotary endodontics. Rotary endodontics uses an electrically powered instrument with a nickel-titanium tip that provides more flexibility and efficiency than traditional stainless steel instruments. With rotary endodontics, your dentist can enter the tooth’s curved root canal without damaging or stretching out the passageway. 
  3. Once the pulp is removed, your dentist will carefully clean and disinfect the tooth’s interior to remove all traces of disease.
  4. He will fill the now-empty root canal with a strong, stretchy substance called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is heated and compressed into the canal to reinforce the tooth’s strength and durability.
  5. Once the gutta-percha hardens, the tooth is sealed with a temporary restoration.
  6. Upon healing, a permanent filling or crown will protect your tooth in the long term. 

After the root canal, your dentist may give you a temporary crown until your permanent, custom crown arrives from the lab and is ready to be applied. Depending on your natural tooth’s condition, he may also place a tiny supportive post inside the root canal to make the crown more stable. 

Signs of a Root Canal Infection

An infection of the root canal can occur for many reasons, but the only way to know you have an infection is to visit your dentist. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for, including: 

  • Loose tooth 
  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Tooth or gum sensitivity 
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and pressure
  • Chipped or cracked tooth 

A tooth that has a root canal filling can last for many years if well cared for. To ensure your restored and natural teeth stay in excellent shape, you must practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. 

Don’t Wait to Treat a Dental Infection!

If you suffer from tooth pain, don’t hesitate to get the treatment you need. With gentle root canal therapy using rotary endodontics, our dentists can help save your natural tooth and preserve your smile. It’s time to get back to living your life without crippling tooth pain! Call us today to schedule your appointment, and we can help save your smile in no time.