East Lincoln root canal dentist


Root Canal Therapy:
Redefining Gentle Dentistry

If you’ve ever had bad experiences with the dentist in the past, you’re not alone. Many of us can recall less-than-pleasant experiences we’ve had at the dentist’s office. This is why Preserve Family Dentistry has worked so hard to create a comfortable, compassionate environment. Starting with our root canal therapy, PFD is redefining gentle dentistry.


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Root Canals at Preserve Family Dentistry

If a tooth becomes infected or has endured trauma, a root canal typically becomes necessary. When your tooth becomes infected, your Lincoln root canal dentist will clean any bacteria inside the tooth. This will get rid of any infection inside the tooth. After removal of infection, your Lincoln root canal dentist will sterilize the entire tooth and place a filling inside. Finally, Lincoln root canal dentist will place a filling over the pulp chamber and place a crown to protect the tooth from future trauma.


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In the past, teeth like these would simply be extracted. But for our Lincoln dentist today, root canals are a routine procedure. For the most part, our general dentists will work on patients who need a root canal. However, if a tooth is too infected, we’ll refer our patients to an endodontist. An endodontist is a root canal specialist, unlike a general dentist who performs many different dental procedures.


Root Canal: How does the pulp become infected?

When a cavity or tooth decay grows deeper into the tooth, it has nowhere to travel but into the tooth’s root, or pulp. When this happens, the pulp becomes infected. To reach the pulp, decay must pass through a tooth’s enamel, which is the first line of defense. Then, it reaches the dentin, before reaching the pulp chamber. This chamber is the inner part of the tooth which holds the blood supply and nerves for a tooth. At this point, you’ll probably be in some pain since your tooth’s root has become infected. This necessitates root canal therapy to remove the tooth pain and infection. Do you have more questions about root canals? Please read our FAQs.


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Symptoms of an Infected Root Canal

Root canal infections are very common. If any of the following symptoms are present, it’s possible that you need a root canal.

  • Tooth that is extra sensitive to hot and cold
  • Chewing is painful on a specific tooth
  • Swollen, bloody, or pus-filled gums around a specific tooth
  • A sharp toothache that you can feel in your jaw or head

How Dr. Kathryn Alderman has redefined gentle dentistry by performing fast and comfortable root canals. 

Over the years, Dr. Kathryn Alderman has performed many hundreds of root canals. This root canal Lincoln dentist offers gentle and precise root canals often in just a single visit.

Along with ensuring your convenience, we want to make sure you’re comfortable too. If you have any fears or concerns going into the procedure, Dr. Alderman will make it a point to talk to you about them. This Lincoln root canal dentist has worked with many anxious patients over the years, so she’ll be able to help you to be relaxed in her care. Her office also offers blankets and pillows, headphones, TVs to watch, and oral sedation dentistry. Dr.Kathryn Alderman is simply committed to your comfort and ultimately your positive root canal experience.


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As an extra tip, be sure to see your dentist for teeth cleaning twice a year. When we see you more frequently, we’re able to spot any potential problems before they get out of hand. Sometimes, this allows us to save your teeth before they even need a root canal. More often than not, these dental checkups can be the difference between losing your teeth altogether, and simply receiving root canal therapy.

If you want to set up an appointment or have any questions, feel free to give us a call at any of our locations. For our East Lincoln office, call 402-413-7000.


How much does a root canal cost in Lincoln, NE?

The cost of a root canal can significantly vary depending on many factors. One of these factors is whether you see an endodontist, or root canal specialist, or a skilled general dentist like Dr. Kathryn Alderman. Similarly, the cost of a root canal can vary based on whether or not you have dental insurance. If you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of an endodontist will be well over $1000. Even if you do have insurance, most endodontists in Lincoln have very limited dental insurance options, so you may end up paying out-of-pocket anyway.

Over the years, Dr.Kathryn Alderman has been able to perform countless root canal procedures. With her experienced hand, we’ll have you in and out of the office in about an hour. In some rare cases, if the tooth is severely damaged or infected, she will refer you to a root canal specialist, also called an endodontist. While Dr.Kathryn Alderman not technically a root canal specialist, she can successfully treat about 95% of root canals. Because of this, and the soaring costs of seeing an endodontist, we greatly recommend coming into our office first.



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If you’re concerned about affording your root canal, or any other procedure, you can take some comfort in our many different payment options. For our patients without insurance, we’re proud to partner with Lincoln Dental Plans. They offer dental discount plans to anyone who doesn’t have dental insurance so that you can gain access to several discounts on dental treatment. Click their logo to learn more.


For other payment needs, we also accept Compassionate dental financing, credit cards, cash, check, and almost all major insurance companies. We’re glad to submit your insurance claims for your added convenience, and we’re happy to answer any questions about payments. Finally, we offer our own payment plans, so you can create a schedule to pay for treatment if you can’t afford it up front.


My child needs a root canal. Is it safe to have a root canal in a baby tooth? 

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Cavities in children do happen, and most of them do not have any symptoms unless those cavities reach the nerve space. In primary (baby) teeth, the pulp space, where the nerve of the tooth resides, is bigger than in adult teeth and cavities tend to reach this pulpal space faster.

When the cavity reaches this pulpal space, dentists and parents have to decide if an affected tooth has to be saved or removed.


The decision depends on factors such as:
(a) Child’s health
(b)  Age
(c) The size of a cavity
(d) The presence of infection or inflammation

For young children, it is recommended to save teeth by performing pulpal therapy, which is not the same as a traditional root canal in adult ( permanent ) teeth. The main objective of pulp therapy in the primary teeth is to retain every primary tooth as a fully functional component in the dental arch to allow for proper chewing, speaking , swallowing, and preservation of the space required for the eruption of permanent teeth.

The pulpal therapy that is performed at my office is total pulpectomy using Root mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA.)
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In primary molars far from their shedding time, total pulpectomy can be an alternative approach instead of extraction.    

Total pulpectomy using MTA can only be used on non-infected primary teeth.

Other contra‑indications for total pulpectomy:

(a) Badly decayed primary molar.

(b) Extensive root resorption


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