Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment


Dental health is paramount; sometimes, saving a tooth requires more than just a filling or a crown. Root canal treatment stands out as a pivotal procedure aimed at preserving your natural tooth while alleviating pain and discomfort. At Regency Dental in Omaha, Nebraska, we pride ourselves on offering top-notch root canal treatments that save teeth and restore smiles.

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, often called endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp (not the root!), cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it to prevent future infections. This method effectively saves your natural tooth and eliminates the need for extraction.

Who Needs Root Canal Treatment?

Understanding who might need a root canal is crucial for timely intervention. Here are common signs and conditions that may show that you need a root canal:

Continuous or severe toothache when chewing or applying pressure.

Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after removing the stimulus.

Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums

Darkening of the tooth, indicating internal damage or infection.

The presence of recurring pimples on the gums might indicate an abscess.

If you experience these symptoms, you must consult with Dr. Dan Elllingson or Dr. Ken Spanel promptly to determine if a root canal is necessary.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Opting for a root canal treatment comes with several significant advantages:

Pain Relief

Alleviates severe toothache and discomfort caused by pulp infection or inflammation.

Tooth Preservation

Saves your natural tooth, maintaining your bite and jaw structure.

Prevents Spread of Infection

Stops the infection from spreading the jawbone.

Aesthetic Restoration

Post-treatment, the tooth can be restored with a crown, ensuring it looks and functions like a natural tooth.

Cost-Effective Long-Term Solution

This avoids needing more extensive and costly dental procedures like implants or bridges.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

  1. Consultation and Diagnosis: Your dentist will start with a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the extent of the infection and plan the treatment.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected tooth and surrounding tissues, ensuring a pain-free experience during the procedure. Nitrous Oxide is also available to help reduce anxiety.
  3. Access Opening: A small opening is made on the tooth’s surface to access the infected or damaged pulp.
  4. Pulp Removal: The infected pulp tissue is carefully removed from the pulp chamber and root canals using specialized instruments.
  5. Cleaning and Disinfection: The root canals are meticulously cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria and debris.
  6. Filling and Sealing: To prevent future infections, the cleaned canals are filled with biocompatible gutta-percha and sealed with adhesive cement.
  7. Restoration: We will place a filling to close the access opening. A crown is often recommended to restore the tooth’s strength and function permanently.

Aftercare for Root Canal Treatment

Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the success and longevity of your root canal treatment:

Immediate Aftercare

  • Avoid Chewing: On the treated tooth until the permanent restoration is in place to prevent damage.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort post-treatment. Prescription medication may be provided if needed.

Long-Term Care

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to maintain oral health.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: Avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage the restored tooth.

Root Canal Treatment in Omaha, NE

Root canal treatment is a highly effective way to save a damaged or infected tooth, relieve pain, and restore your smile. At Regency Dental in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Dan Elllingson and Dr. Ken Spanel are committed to providing exceptional endodontic care, focusing on patient comfort and successful outcomes.

Don’t let tooth pain disrupt your life. Contact Regency Dental today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier smile.