We hope that you, your families, and friends are staying safe at this time. As most of you are aware, my Dental Practice operates on a 6-month interval with regards to your ongoing regular Check-up and Cleaning appointments. We were forced to shut down last spring in late March and throughout April on the recommendation from the CDC and local government entities to help curb the spread of COVID-19. We are now entering the 6-month point (April to October) that will impact our scheduling. That being said, over the next few weeks we will have limited days that we will be scheduling appointments. Of course, emergencies will be treated as soon as possible. Upon calling the office (816-229-1433) we do encourage you to leave your name, number, and a message so that we may accommodate your Dental needs.

Whether you are a long-term member of our patient Family, looking for a new Dental Team, or experiencing a more urgent issue, please know that you are important to us!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to work through the impacts of these issues.

-Matthew A. Turner, DDS PC

Root Canal Treatment Can Return Your Tooth's Health and Function

Root canal therapy can treat a tooth infection and prevent the tooth from having to be removed. Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C., uses mechanized rotary file systems during root canal therapy and sedation in our office in Blue Springs, to provide patients from Kansas City, MO with comfortable, effective treatment. By saving the natural tooth, root canal therapy helps you preserve jaw bone integrity and may help you avoid the need for more extensive dental work. 

Root Canal Therapy Candidates

Patients exhibiting any of the following symptoms may be in need of root canal therapy:

  • Tooth or jaw pain
  • Swollen gums around a sore tooth
  • Discolored gums surrounding a sore tooth

These symptoms may be indicative of a deep cavity or infected tooth pulp and should be treated promptly in order to save the natural tooth. In cases of severe damage or decay, the tooth may not be saved. If so, it would require extraction and an alternative treatment such as a dental implant restored with a dental crown.

Root canal therapy may be recommended to treat infection and decay to prevent tooth loss.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Turner will take x-rays to see if there is decay in the tooth, and, if so, to see its exact location. The pulp, or soft tissue inside your tooth, extends into the tooth roots and the canals inside the roots. Root canal therapy treatment works by removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and replacing it with an alternative material. 

Six steps of root canal therapy illustrated
Root canal treatment sterilizes the tooth and replaces the pulp with an alternative substance so that the tooth does not have to be extracted.

Your comfort is a high priority, and our doctor and team are very experienced at putting patients at ease. To begin treatment, we will anesthetize the area so that it is completely numb. Dr. Turner will create an opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Next, he will remove the infected pulp and clean out the root canals. He may place medicine in the pulp chamber to help sterilize it. In the next step, he will fill the tooth’s chamber and root canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. He will then seal your tooth with a filling. In the final step, you will have a dental crown placed to encapsulate and protect the tooth.

Risks and Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

There are few risks involved with root canal therapy. In cases where the tooth is too damaged and does not respond to root canal therapy, the tooth may require extraction. In rare cases, an abscess may develop which requires emergency dental treatment.

Root canal therapy is commonly believed to be a rather painful dental procedure. However, that is a myth. Thanks to advances in technology and the use of anesthetics, root canal therapy is straightforward, comfortable procedure that is similar to getting a dental filling.

Root canal therapy has more than a 95% success rate. The treatment can preserve a tooth that has advanced decay and return biting and chewing function to normal. In addition to saving the tooth, it can restore the tooth's natural appearance.

Contact Us

It is important to treat tooth or gum pain seriously and contact our office as soon as possible for treatment. If you have an infected tooth, root canal therapy can ease your discomfort and help you avoid more complex dental work. 

Dr. Turner and his team

Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S, P.C.

At the dental practice of Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C., in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Turner and his team provide superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Turner is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Missouri Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Eastern Jackson County Dental Society

For more information on the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (816) 229-1433.

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