Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from otherwise certain extraction—it’s a proven procedure that will leave your mouth healthy and strong while restoring its natural appearance.

Root Canal Treatment Independence and Blue Springs, MO

A root canal treatment is a proven procedure that can save an infected tooth from extraction. It restores the natural appearance of your teeth and leaves your mouth healthy and strong.

Live in the Independence, MO, area? We can provide you with the best, most professional care while alleviating your anxiety about this type of treatment. It’s important not to delay treating an infected tooth, as it can lead to severe complications, including abscesses and tooth loss.

illustration of root canal of tooth
  • What is a root canal?

    A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of your tooth when it becomes infected or damaged. The process involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canal, and sealing it to prevent further infection. This treatment can save and restore your tooth function, allowing you to maintain your natural smile.

    Your tooth’s inner structure consists of a soft, delicate material called the pulp. Normally protected by the tough enamel surrounding it, the pulp can become susceptible to potentially severe infections if harmful bacteria manage to access it. This can happen due to deep cavities or unexpected injuries. A root canal treatment removes the infected or damaged pulp and prevents the spread of infection to other teeth or surrounding tissues. Without treatment, you could likely lose your tooth. A root canal treatment is an excellent solution to overcome a serious inner tooth infection and save your tooth.

  • What are symptoms of an infected root canal?

    A patient suffering from an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize that there is something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following symptoms:

    • Severe and intense toothaches that won’t go away
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
    • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
    • Recurring abscesses on the gums

    If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you might need a root canal. Contact our office today before the problems get worse.

  • How is root canal treatment performed?

    The root canal procedure at Kansas City Smiles & Co. is straightforward and performed with the utmost care.

    • First, we start with digital X-rays to determine the condition of the tooth, root, and gum area. Typically, we use sedation to ensure your comfort.
    • A small opening is made at the top of the tooth to access the pulp during the procedure.
    • Then, the infected pulp is removed.
    • Next, the canals are cleaned with an antimicrobial liquid and filled with a special medicated material to strengthen the tooth.
    • For the final step, either a filling or a crown is placed on top of the tooth to protect it from further damage.
  • How painful is a root canal?

    Many people assume root canals are painful, but that is a common misconception. In reality, the root canal procedure is about as painful as getting a tooth filled.

    At Kansas City Smiles & Co, your comfort is our priority. During the procedure, we ensure you are pain-free and relaxed.

    After the procedure, you can expect some sensitivity and discomfort as the affected area heals. While we try to be gentle during your procedure, gums can become swollen or agitated. You may feel mild pain as your mouth heals, your food and beverage consumption increases, and your dental care habits return to normal. Your dentist will give you specific instructions for caring for your newly treated tooth after the procedure.

  • What are alternatives to root canal treatment?

    Most people facing root canal treatment are curious as to whether there are alternative procedures worth considering. Since endodontic therapy is considered a “last line of defense” for restoring your tooth, the only remaining options are to have your tooth extracted or wait until you’re in pain and have it removed at a later date. Unfortunately, with either of these options, you risk the infection spreading deeper into your face or adjacent teeth. Getting a root canal is the best possible solution.

    If you opt to have your tooth extracted, replacing it as soon as possible is still a concern. Otherwise, the extra space in your bite can throw off the alignment of your surrounding teeth. Two of the more common replacement options include a dental bridge or implant.

  • What does a root canal cost?

    The cost of a root canal may vary depending on the tooth’s location and the severity of the infection. At Kansas City Smiles & Co., we strive to make dental care affordable. After evaluating your condition, we offer a detailed cost estimate, ensuring transparency and no surprise expenses. Investing in a root canal now can save you from more extensive and expensive treatments later.

Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today

Don’t let tooth pain disrupt your life. Schedule a consultation with Kansas City Smiles & Co. today to determine if you need a root canal. Our team is here to provide you with expert care and help you maintain your healthy smile. Contact us now to book your appointment and take the first step towards pain-free living.

Independence, MO

3820 South Whitney Ave
Independence, MO 64055
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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: By Appointment



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Blue Springs, MO

1400 South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Monday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed



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