Root canal therapy is a treatment that is commonly used to repair and save a tooth that has severely decayed or is infected.
What Does a Root Canal Do?
Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp, which is composed of blood vessels and nerves in a tooth, becomes badly infected or damaged. During root canal therapy (also known as surgery), the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and then sealed.
A common misconception is that root canals are assumed to be extremely painful. In all actuality, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the time leading up to the dental care is truly painful, not the procedure itself.