Root Canal Therapy – Lincoln, NE
Fast Relief for Hurting Teeth
Your teeth are actually composed of 3 layers. You are probably familiar with the outermost layer, enamel. Inside this is a layer of a substance called dentin, and inside that is the dental pulp. This is where the nerve of your tooth resides. It enables you to feel your teeth despite the fact that they are rigid structures. Sometimes, the dental pulp can become damaged or infected, and the best way to treat it is with root canal therapy in Lincoln, NE. Long thought of as a very painful procedure, modern root canals are actually very routine and cause minimal discomfort. Dr. Shirk, Dr. Claire, and Dr. Chris want you to know the signs that you might need a root canal as well as what to expect when you get one at Pioneer Greens Dentistry.
Why Choose Pioneer Greens Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?
- CEREC for Same-Day Root Canal Therapy & Crown
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergencies
- Highly Experienced Team Committed to Patient Comfort
Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal
The dental pulp in your tooth can become damaged primarily in two ways. Either a cavity has been left alone for an extended period of time and the decay has worked its way to the pulp, or some kind of trauma has occurred to the tooth. Once the dental pulp has been infected, this will often times cause a lot of pain since it directly affects the nerve. Here are some other signs that you might need a root canal:
- Red, swollen, or sensitive gums near a tooth
- Pain when biting down on a particular tooth
- A bump on the gums right below a tooth
- Swelling along the face and cheek
These are all common signs that the dental pulp has become infected or injured, and in most cases, it needs to be quickly treated with a root canal so that the tooth itself can be saved.
Relief in Record Time
While most dental offices offer root canal therapy, few dentists can complete your entire procedure--which includes placing a custom-made crown--in a single visit. A second visit is often required to put the finishing touches on your tooth. But because we’ve invested in two CEREC milling units, we can complete both your root canal and your restorative build-up in one appointment. Imagine coming to our dental office with a severe toothache and leaving with a perfectly healthy tooth later that day. At Pioneer Greens Dentistry, that's what you can look forward to.
What to Expect When Getting a Root Canal
Over the years, root canals have garnered a dubious reputation, and unfortunately, it is quite misleading. Thanks to local anesthesia, the patient is completely numbed to any physical discomfort they might feel. The pain often associated with a root canal typically stems from the infection or injury itself, not the procedure. Root canals are intended to relieve your pain, not cause it!
Whenever you come in to get a root canal with your dentist in Lincoln, NE, it will involve 3 basic steps:
- An access hole will be created in your tooth so that the dental pulp can be reached
- This pulp will be removed, and the tooth will be sanitized to stop the infection
- The hole will then be filled in order to help reinforce the tooth’s structure
Depending on how much of your tooth had to be removed, it might need to be restored with a crown (which we can do in one visit). Your tooth may feel slightly more sensitive after a root canal, but it will feel much better than it did before.
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