Beneath the enamel layer of your tooth is the dental pulp, which consists of nerve endings and connective tissue. In some cases, this dental pulp can become infected and cause you extreme pain. Additionally, the infection can spread to your jaw or to other teeth and cause even more dental problems. Our dentists will recommend root canal treatment in these situations, which will remove the diseased pulp and restore the function of the tooth. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, come to Westwood Dental to see if you need a root canal:

Severe toothacheSensitivity to temperature or pressureA darkening of the tooth (a sign that the tooth has died)Swelling and redness of the gums

Before Dr. Shelly Galvin performs a root canal, he or she will sit down with you to go over the risks and benefits of the procedure. Then one of our dentists will numb the area and hollow out the tooth. After removing all of the affected pulp from the tooth, our dentists will insert specialized posts into the canals of your tooth and fill it with a specialized restorative material. The tooth will be shaped and polished so that it matches the rest of your beautiful smile.

If you think that you might benefit from a root canal in Kansas City, Kansas, we invite you to call or visit our office today. We would love to hear from you.