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.