Sherrill Dental Arts
Providing General and Cosmetic Dentistry
The center of a tooth is filled with pulp, a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. When you develop an infection in the pulp, you may have sensitivity to temperatures, pain in the tooth and gums, and possibly visible injury or swelling.
A root canal is a very common dental procedure that is performed in order to save a natural tooth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
A root canal is a non-surgical treatment that eliminates the diseased pulp. The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system for the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The therapy involves the use of local anesthesia and has a success rate of approximately 90%. If your tooth is not amendable to endodontic treatment, you will be consulted about this prior to the procedure being completed. Local anesthesia eliminates discomfort and you will be able to drive home after the treatment.