Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment option for patients experiencing pain when biting, constant aching, or sensitivity to hot and cold.
Our highly-experienced dentists at Eagle Run West Dental Group provide root canal therapy in Omaha. Here's how root canal therapy works and whether it fits your oral needs.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment. Endo, meaning “inside,” refers to the treatment of a tooth’s soft, inner tissue, called the pulp. The pulp hosts a multitude of nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels, making it an integral part of oral development. However, when the pulp becomes exposed, bacteria can infect or decay it, leading to swelling, pain, and pressure.
A root canal is generally advised, as treatment, when an infected tooth will not heal.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy, or endodontics, is the process of removing swollen or infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. Typically performed throughout multiple appointments, root canal therapy is an option for patients experiencing agonizing pain and discomfort from one or multiple decayed teeth.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
- Preparation: Our dentist will start by prepping the area with a dental anesthetic. If needed, dental sedation can also be administered.
- Procedure: Root canal therapy begins with the drilling of a small hole in the top of the tooth. The drill should extend past the enamel and directly into the pulp chamber. Once there, our dentist will use root canal files, to draw out any infected tissue found in the chamber and root canals.
- Final Touches: After filing the inside, our dentist will flush the tooth to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Once clean, the tooth is filled with a sealing paste, used to maintain its structure. The tooth is then topped with a soft, temporary material until the crown is placed at a later appointment.
When Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth becomes damaged or painfully inflamed. Infection of the tooth is typically caused by deep decay of the inside of a tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures.
If left untreated, swelling of the pulp may lead to prolonged, severe pain or the formation of an abscess. Spread of the infection is possible and can lead to further complications, such as tooth extraction.
Symptoms indicating the need for root canal therapy normally include:
- Deep decay of the tooth
- Darkening of the gums
- Swollen gums
- Pain when chewing
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
What is the Post-Op Care for Root Canal Therapy?
Shortly after root canal therapy, the patient may experience swelling and sensitivity. Some may encounter an uneven or funny-feeling bite. Regardless of symptoms, a follow-up appointment is recommended.
In general, hard or chewy foods should be avoided. The patient should also be cautious when brushing their teeth or maintaining their regular oral routine.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of root canal therapy is determined by the complexity of the case. Molars are the most difficult to treat, so they usually cost more. While some, more serious, cases may need to be referred to an Endodontist, most of our patients are affordably and conveniently treated at our dental office in Omaha.
Root Canal Therapy in Omaha, NE
If you think root canal therapy might be the required treatment for you, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Omaha or give us a call at 402-498-8804.