A root canal is a treatment to repair a severely decayed or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it.
People fear root canals because they assume they are painful. But with adequate local anesthesia the procedure is painless.
For the first few days following the completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil, Aleve of Motrin.
After the root canal treatment in most cases the tooth will need a crown. Placing a dental crown on an endodontically treated molar has become the “standard of care” in dentistry .
We do most of the root canals in the office.