Given most people have heard the expression, “I’d rather have a root canal” used to describe a situation they want to avoid, this treatment option has gotten a bad reputation. The reality of root canal treatment is that it is a relatively simple and painless procedure — unlike the tremendous pain and suffering people endure prior to treatment.
Our office will perform this necessary endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside; “dont” – tooth), when the inside or pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The procedure involves making a small opening in the chewing surface of your tooth to gain access to the pulp, the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. Once accessed, we will remove the dead and dying tissue before cleaning and filling the root canal(s).