Root Canal Specialist Gives Warsaw A Reason To Smile

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Dr. Eric Moore, DDS, an experienced endodontist with a practice in Prairie Village, Kansas, is now seeing dental patients in Warsaw two times a month, at Truman Lake Dental.  He specializes in root canals and is able to serve patients in the local area who might otherwise need to be referred to an endodontist in Springfield or Kansas City. He joins dentists Dr. Patrick Lancaster, Dr. Brenda Herrman and Dr. Lucas Carpenter at 1631 Commercial Street.
“I have done root canals for ten years,” said Dr. Lancaster. “But there have been times when patients had to be referred to an endodontist out of our area because of complications with their cases. Sometimes we get busy with other patients and lack the time to perform a root canal. Other times we lack the proper equipment needed for a complex case. Also, as a person ages or his or her root canal constricts/curves, it takes more time to treat, and referral to an endodontist is necessary. Now that Dr. Moore is part of our team, patients from Benton County, as well as surrounding counties, can benefit from his services close to home.”
Endodontists are described by the American Association of Endodontists as Specialists who save teeth. They are dentists, who have completed two or more years of additional training beyond dental school. Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain,  performing root canal treatments and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment.
Millions of damaged or diseased teeth are treated and saved by root canals each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again. The procedure involves removal of inflamed or infected pulp inside the tooth beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This pulp helps grow the root of a tooth during its development; but a fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because it continues to be nourished by tissues surrounding it. When performing a root canal, the pulp is removed the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, then filled with a rubber-like materials and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and continues to function like any other tooth. 
Dr. Lancaster said root canals can be performed on patients after the end of their root has been formed – usually at 12 to 14 years of age.  However, younger patients have been treated in cases of severe trauma to a tooth.
Dr. Moore was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, went to Arizona State University, and left when he was accepted into the University of Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. After earning credentials as a dentist, he returned to Arizona and practiced dentistry for four years. Then he entered Tufts University in Boston in 2001 and received certification as an endodontist in 2003. He set up practice in Prairie Village and recently began doing research to see where he might have the opportunity of being of service in Missouri. He found there were no endodontal services in Benton and surrounding counties, so teamed up with Truman Lake Dental and Dr. Lancaster to provide root canals at their location.
“It was an opportunity to offer a service and to take a break from my routine,” said Dr. Moore. “My wife, Michelle used to be a dental assistant and travels with me to Warsaw, as well as another dental assistant, Gina Vigliatura, from my Prairie Village office.”
Truman Lake Dental continues to offer some of the latest technology in dental care which allows patients a high quality of care in less time. They have participated in training, and acquired equipment allow patients to be fitted with a crown in one office visit.  They offer the latest methods of dental implants. Truman Lake Dental is a full service Family General Dental Office.