A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures. A root canal can save your natural tooth and prevent extraction.
How is a root canal performed?
Your dentist will perform a root canal when the root of your tooth becomes infected. Infection of the root, if left untreated, can cause deep decay, cracks and long-term damage. If you experience tooth pain and discomfort and have trouble chewing, a root canal may be needed. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the infected, or dead root (pulp) from your tooth. First you will receive a local anesthetic, then your dentist will remove the infected area by creating an opening in the tooth. Once cleaned, your dentist will fill and seal the tooth with a filling. The tooth may also require a crown to help bring it back to normal form and function.