What is a Root Canal Procedure?
Sometimes teeth have large cavities that get to the point where they begin to affect the nerve that is inside of each tooth. When this happens we often experience cold or hot sensitivity, biting pressure sensitivity or pain, swelling in the gum around the tooth, or the tooth merely seems to hurt all the time for no particular reason. When this happens often times the tooth can be treated and saved by simply removing the infected nerve from the tooth. This allows the tooth to remain in the mouth and usually will cause all symptoms to go away. This process is called root canal treatment.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Although root canals have traditionally had a very negative reputation, in reality, most root canals can be done without the patient experiencing any pain. This is especially the case when the treatment is caught sooner than later.