Root Canals (Endodontics)
A root canal is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth. A root canal is often necessary to save an infected, broken, or cracked tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. You may or may not have pain in a tooth that needs a root canal, and it is very important to fix the problem before it deteriorates too far in order to avoid bigger problems and/or tooth loss. A common misconception is that a root canal is painful. This is actually not true. A tooth that needs a root canal is what causes the pain, and having the root canal done relieves this pain.