At the center of your tooth is pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerves. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma, caries, or cracks and chips. 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 root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in more than 96% of cases.
Local anesthesia is used to make root canal treatment painless and you will be able to drive home after your treatment, and will probably be comfortable returning to your normal routine.