As painful as it may sound, modern day root canals are more about patience than pain thanks to sedation dentistry techniques and local anesthesia.
The “root canal” is the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs you may need a root canal include: