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Root canal treatment is an effective way of saving teeth. If your dentist, Dr. Shelly Galvin, recommended root canal therapy in Kansas City, Kansas, then you’re about to restore the full function and health of your tooth. To help you know more about the treatment, our dental team is happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions.

Why would I need a root canal treatment?

Sometimes the tooth’s soft core, which is also known as the dental pulp, becomes inflamed or infected. This could cause severe pain. If it’s not treated quickly, it could result in the complete loss of your tooth. Oftentimes deep tooth decay, repeated dental treatments performed on the tooth, a crack in the tooth, or a blow to the face could cause the need for root canal therapy.

What are some symptoms of needing a root canal treatment?

If you have severe pain, prolonged sensitivity, tooth discoloration, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, there is a chance you could need a root canal. However, there are times when no symptoms arise.

What is the process of root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy can take one to three dental appointments. It usually involves your dentist removing the diseased pulp, cleaning the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth, and then sealing the tooth. Oftentimes a dental crown is used to give the tooth additional support.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about root canal treatment, our dental team is more than happy to help you. All you need to do is contact Westwood Dental at 913-432-0765 and we will give you the answers you’re looking for!