Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is used to save a tooth that would otherwise need extraction…
"Root canal therapy can preserve your damaged tooth, preventing the need for extraction and costly future restorative procedures to rebuild your smile."
Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth's root. Decades ago, root canal treatments often were painful. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal. In fact, it's probably more painful living with a decayed tooth. Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture.
if a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.
an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.