Root Canal in Saint Joseph

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. Dr. Walker uses local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and an inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Are you ready to smile pain-free again?

To schedule an appointment with us, give our office a call at Northwest Endodontics Phone Number 816-364-4422 or use our online contact request form.

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

Northwest Endodontics

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Dr. Walker was very gentle, easing my anxiousness (who likes a root canal?). The procedure was quick and painless. I really appreciate their courtesy and kindness.

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Dr. Walker did amazing, he was very friendly and helped me ease my fear of the dentist. I felt nothing at all, so I am very happy with the service. Everyone here was very nice and helpful!

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I would recommend this dentist to anyone who can make it, who is in need of help. The most relaxing and painless dental experience I have ever had!

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I am a nervous wreck with ALL things dental, and was shaking so bad when I entered the office. I was also in so much pain. The staff and Dr. Walker calmed me down and talked me through all options and procedures. It was over before I knew it, and painless. It was a great experience.

- Kelli H

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whole staff made me feel real comfortable, whole process was amazing, thank you

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very friendly professional staff

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Brian Damewood was in excruciating pain they were able to get him in the same day and took care of him and he came home pain free, not even any need for tylenol or ibuprofen... the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable and Ryan Walker does wonders!! Thanks so much!!!

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Pain free

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Pain well controlled, answered my questions and very kind, gentle. Thank you so much!

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I was a little skeptical to come to St. J. and see Dr/ Walker, but I was impressed by his professionalism. I will no hesitate to recommend him to my family and colleagues at Northwest.

- Aziz F

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everyone was wonderful

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great experince all the way around...Appreciate the great care

- steve g

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Everything went about as smooth as possible.

- Zakkery S

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everyone was great!

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Great service and easy procedure, I would recommend to anyone

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Very friendly staff

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Dr. Walker was professional and compassionate, and ensured that my procedure would be quick and painless. I would recommend his practice to others!

- Michael D

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I was very nervous and will say that there was no need to be. The overall experience was wonderful! I would recommend this dentist highly.

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