A root canal is often the procedure most dental patients think of when it comes to being afraid of going to the dentist. Today, in the landscape of modern dentistry, the experience of having a root canal is very similar to having a cavity filled. A tooth in need of a root canal is often very sensitive to cold and hot foods, can have prolonged pain, have swelling in the gums around the tooth and even appear to be discolored. A root canal is performed to save a tooth that is suffering from extensive nerve damage. Endodontic treatment involves removing the nerve and blood supply (also referred to as pulp) from the canal in the root of your tooth. Next, the canal is sealed to prevent bacterial infection. Depending on the severity of the decay, the seal might be applied at a later appointment or on the same day. Also, many teeth that undergo a root canal will need a crown to completely protect the tooth and fully restore its functionality.
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.