Just about each and every one of us can conjure up a memory of a friend, acquaintance or family member that has had a horrible experience at a dentist, most likely during a root canal procedure. The fact of the matter is that root canal's are the most common procedure in endodontics, and advances in the dental world have made the once feared procedure a completely different experience! In today's day and age, having a root canal performed causes little to no discomfort to our patients.
When a tooth becomes infected, the infection is usually related to the nerves that exist in the roots of the tooth. It is important to remove the infected nerves because left untreated, the infection can turn into an abscess which can lead to bone loss and even sepsis. The procedure begins with the dentist drilling into the tooth to create an opening in the canal, in which the nerve resides. The dentist can then remove the infected tissue, clean the canal, and fill the canal with a sealant called gutta percha. After the root canal is complete, the dentist may or may not recommend a crown to better preserve the tooth for years to come.