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