A root canal can sound scary but in reality, it is a standard procedure that most dentists perform regularly. Root canals are feared by many but we’re here to explain what exactly to expect with a root canal, why they’re so important and how they contribute to keeping a happy, healthy smile.
Simply put, a root canal is a treatment is meant to save a tooth that is suffering due to severe decay. Root canal procedures are necessary when this decay is deep within a tooth and cannot be treated as a more common cavity. The pulp inside your tooth becomes infected with bacteria so, in order to save your tooth, the bacteria must be removed from the pulp so it can continue to live.
Most root canal procedures are performed with a four-step process highlighted below: