Endodontics (Root Canals)
Endodontics (root canal) is a dental procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected.
Root canal treatment is performed by endodontist when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed to prevent further decay.
Pain after root canal procedures have the unfortunate reputation of being uncomfortable. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a cavity filled. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to a root canal is truly the painful period, not the root canal procedure itself.