Your Lincoln Dentist talks about the safety of root canals and answering CAQs about Root Canals

A note from Lincoln Dentist, Dr. Kathryn Alderman

Are you looking for a “dentist that does root canals near me?” If you need a root canal, you may ask: “Are root canals safe for my overall health?”

A root canal procedure is not the correct option for every patient. In fact, some patients choose to proceed with biological dentistry. Choosing biological dentistry would mean that those particular patients would choose to forego a root canal, and completely remove the tooth.  Every case and every patient should be carefully evaluated. The final treatment decision should be based on the patient’s overall health, biting forces, and dental history.

You may hear of the movie “Root Cause” and wonder where you can find it?

You may see the movie “Root Cause”  here.  While some of the facts are interesting in this movie, not all the information is correct and simply does not follow the medical facts.

An article by Lincoln endodontist Dr.Jamie Ring on “Root Cause” Theory Debunked


Which teeth are appropriate for completing a safe root canal and still maintaining your overall health? 

A tooth can be injured by a newly placed dental filling, a crack, or even by being completely broken. Any of these things can lead to acute inflammation of the tooth. At this point, there is no extensive amount of harmful bacteria inside the tooth, and it is hurting because of the inflammation. Acute inflammation can often lead to a sharp, radiating toothache. The good news, however, this type of tooth can be saved and preserved by means of root canal treatment, if you so choose. I believe that root canals can be a good choice for teeth with inflammation, but may not necessarily be great for those with an infection.

What is a root canal and do I need to see an endodontist vs dentist for my root canal in Lincoln, NE?

We use the term “root canal” to describe the middle part of a tooth. This is where the nerves and blood supplies exist. If a tooth is damaged from decay, trauma, or some other issue, a dental professional may want to perform root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, a dental professional will carve out the center of the tooth into the root. He or she will remove the nerve and pulp while leaving the tooth intact.

I complete most root canals at my office. However, I will occasionally refer patients to an endodontist, who are root canal specialist. Endodontists are helpful, especially for severe cases. Many patients ask, “what is the difference between an endodontist vs dentist?” Endodontists are trained for advanced therapy beyond basic root canals. If your case is extremely complicated, you may be referred to an endodontist. I have, however, successfully treated hundreds of teeth with root canal therapy in Lincoln, NE over the years. If you’d like a professional opinion about having a root canal at our office or opinions about seeing an endodontist, contact me today! You can reach me here, by calling my office at 402-413-7000, or by emailing me directly at

What about an abscessed or infected tooth for root canal treatment?

If a patient has had a long-standing tooth infection, leading to the loss of bone around it, or having an obvious amount of pus, it would be safe to say that a root canal would be a poor treatment option for saving an abscessed tooth. Performing a root canal on an abscessed tooth will ultimately lead to a chronic low-grade infection within a patient’s mouth. Many patients have only a certain amount of tolerance to poor dental work and therefore, an associated low-grade infection is considered common. For patients with an auto-immune disorder, the immune system struggles daily and a compromised root canal can put additional and unnecessary strain on an already compromised immune system.

What about an abscessed or infected tooth for root canal treatment? Can it be saved with a root canal or should I get an implant?

Again, if a patient has a long-standing tooth infection, it will eventually lead to bone loss and/or a dental abscess. In these cases, a root canal is a poor treatment option.

I need to redo a root canal. Do I need to go to an endodontist vs dentist, or should I replace the tooth with an implant?

The answer here is pretty simple. It’s usually better to replace the tooth with a biocompatible dental implant than to redo an infected root canal.  Of course, you can always schedule a consultation with your family dentist or an endodontist in your area.

Image of a tooth and whether it should be fixed by an endodontist vs dentist.

Image of a tooth showing advanced decay and considerations to have it fixed by an endodontist vs dentist.

Advanced stages of tooth decay with infection and the decision to have it fixed by an endodontist vs dentist.

What is the cost of a root canal without dental insurance in Lincoln, NE?

The cost of a root canal can vary based on whether or not you have dental insurance.

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If you are a candidate for safe root canal treatment, please read the CAQ’s about root canals.


Your Lincoln Dentist answering CAQs on the safety of root canals.

Dr. Kathryn Alderman Root Canal Dentist in LIncoln, NE.