A root canal infection can be extremely uncomfortable. Left untreated, it can also cause tooth loss, bone loss, and abscesses.
Advances in modern dentistry and anesthetics now allow patients to undergo root canal treatment with little to no discomfort.
Dr. Matthew Turner provides comfortable, effective root canal treatment at his dental office serving Kansas City, MO, and Blue Springs...
Reasons to Visit Our Dentist for Root Canal Treatment
Save Time & Money
By visiting a dentist at the earliest stages of an infection, you can get swift, cost-effective treatment. Dr. Turner has the training and technology to perform root canals on-site without referring patients to an endodontist. If you delay your root canal treatment, you may need more expensive care from an endodontist later on.
Reduce Anxiety & Discomfort
Root canals have an undeserved bad reputation, and many patients deal with discomfort because they are afraid of the dental procedure. However, root canals have come a long way in recent years. By combining gentle techniques with sedation, our dentist can perform the treatment with minimal discomfort.
Protect Your Smile
Removing the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth can greatly reduce discomfort and restore your ability to chew. A root canal at our office serving Kansas City and Blue Springs can also prevent the need for tooth extraction and help you enjoy your natural smile for many years to come.
Wondering If You Need a Root Canal? Schedule a Visit to Our Dentist Today
Root canal therapy is a safe and comfortable treatment that can eliminate oral pain and save a natural tooth. The earlier Dr. Turner can begin treating your infected tooth, the better your chances are of enjoying optimal outcomes. To ensure the best results, Dr. Turner uses the latest root canal techniques and maintains membership in various prestigious dental organizations, including:
- The American Dental Association
- The Missouri Dental Association
- The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The Eastern Jackson County Dental Society
To make treatment more affordable for all Kansas City, MO, and Blue Springs patients, our office accepts CareCredit® financing. Book your visit with us b contacting our office online or calling us:
"10 out of 10"
Excellent Dentist and staff!!! We are so thankful to have found a Dentist and staff who are honest and caring. Matthew Turner and staff take the time to get to know their patients and put them at ease before starting any procedures.
10 out of 10 would definitely recommend Dr.Turners office to anyone needing a first time dentist or a new dentist! Turner and his team are amazing at there jobs and treat you just like part of their family!
What Causes Infected Pulp?
In most cases, the pulp within the tooth and root canals becomes infected as a result of an untreated cavity.
Each tooth has a chamber and root canals within it that contain blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. These tissues are collectively called "pulp." If an infection reaches the pulp, it can spread quickly, jeopardizing your oral health. In all cases, this is considered a dental emergency that must be addressed immediately to prevent the need for a tooth extraction or more expensive dental procedure.
Signs That You Might Need a Root Canal
Trauma or Damage to Your Teeth
Bacteria can reach the pulp following dental trauma, a deep cavity, or a loose filling. Often, the infection results from unaddressed tooth decay. This is one reason why we recommend that Kansas City and Blue Springs patients visit our dental practice twice a year for cleanings and exams. Preventative cleanings and good oral hygiene habits can prevent many cases of root canal infection.
When a root canal infection does occur, the first symptom is often sudden and intense oral pain. Soft tissues within the tooth swell as a result of the bacterial invasion, which places pressure on the nerves inside the tooth. Heightened sensitivity, swelling of the gums, and pain while chewing are also common side effects.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call our office immediately. A root canal infection can spread quickly and place the health of surrounding teeth and tissue at risk.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
What to Expect during Your Root Canal
What to Expect during Your Recovery
Side effects following this straightforward procedure are typically mild and only last for a few days. You will be sent home with special recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. It is common for the treatment area to feel tender and sore as the effects of anesthesia wear off. This discomfort can typically be managed through the use of over-the-counter medications. Dr. Turner will be glad to recommend effective medications to safely address discomfort.
Your treated tooth may feel more sensitive than your other teeth. These mild side effects will naturally wear off as your mouth adjusts to the treatment. Most patients enjoy the complete cessation of side effects by the second or third day following their treatment. If you experience an unexpected spike in pain at any point during your recovery, please let our office know immediately.
"They Genuinely Care about Their Patients"
Dr Turner and his whole staff are very professional and efficient. They genuinely care about their patients well being and health. Dr Turner has a great sense of humor. I can't imagine going anywhere else for my dental care.
Everyone in this office is amazing! My entire family has gone to Dr. Turner for 25 years! They were just as wonderful with my small children as they are with my elderly mother. They know you by your first name and are very pleasant. They also have a real person that answers the phone, not a recording!!! A rare find these days.