Why is a Root Canal Therapy Needed?


Sometimes root canal therapy is necessary. It may not be our favorite thing in the world, but a root canal can provide some serious pain relief! It also cleans out any unwanted decay and damage – making your mouth healthier and happier. How do you know if you’re in need of a root canal? Let’s dive into what a root canal is and the signs and symptoms.

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Why You Need Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a very common and beneficial dental procedure. Its main purpose is to clean decay in a tooth’s root and pulp (inside of the tooth). The outside area of your teeth consists of enamel, which protects your teeth. Sometimes, the enamel gets eroded away over time, or bacteria finds its way into the deepest areas of your tooth – the core, or pulp. The core of your tooth extends into the root in your jawbone. This core area is overly sensitive and contains nerves, blood vessels and tissue. Once decay reaches this area of a tooth, a root canal in necessary to restore the tooth to a healthy, functioning level.

Has your dentist told you that you need a  root canal? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with the root canal, or endodontic, treatment. Understand a root canal treatment in detail and how it can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile HERE.

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Root Canal Signs and Symptoms

  • Persistent pain: tooth pain is a huge indicator that something isn’t right.
  • Temperature sensitivity.
  • Discoloration of a tooth.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Pain when eating or touching your tooth.
  • Chipped or cracked tooth.
  • If a tooth feels loose.

Learn about other reasons you may need a root canal HERE.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to give us a call so we can examine your teeth and gums! To stay away from a root canal, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. See your dentist often for checkups every 6 months.

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The Root Canal Procedure

As we mentioned above, a root canal cleans the decay from the inside of your teeth. Dr. Anderson will remove the bacteria and decay from the pulp and core area. Then the area will be disinfected so it stays clean, and the area is filled and sealed to prevent any new decay. When a root canal is complete, your natural tooth will become more brittle and sensitive, so a dental crown is placed over the tooth to rebuild its strength.

Just the Facts…

  • More than 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States alone, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
  • At least 41,000 root canals are performed each day.
  • Only 17 percent of people who have had root canals describe it as their most painful dental procedure.
  • Root canal symptoms vary depending on what type of bacteria caused the infection in the pulp.

A Root Canal is considered a Dental Emergency

No one plans a dental emergency. An excruciating toothache or broken crown can leave you desperately seeking help. Neglecting to treat a sudden dental problem could lead to complications, so knowing where to find emergency dental care is critical. Learn more about emergency dental services and when to see emergency care HERE then call to schedule your Emergency Appointment at 816-373-4440.

Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.