Though root canal therapy has a reputation as a painful procedure, in fact this procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by an infected tooth. Root canal therapy is a procedure to try and retain a tooth in the mouth when the nerve has died or is dying, restoring the tooth to its full strength and function.
Root canal treatment may be required when a tooth becomes painful, tender to bite on, is particularly sensitive to heat and cold, or may have an obvious large cavity, which extends into the nerve of the tooth.
Root canal therapy is a complex and technically demanding procedure, but one which, when performed well, has a very high success rate. Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unobtrusive as getting a filling. The best news is that it can save your tooth and your smile!