A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In most cases, if a root canal procedure was not performed, the decayed tissue around the tooth will become infected, forming abscesses.
The term “root canal” refers to the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. This cavity contains the pulp or pulp chamber which is the soft area of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve also lies within the root canal.
Patients who are in need of a root canal do not always experience symptoms. However, the following signs may indicate a need for a root canal:
A root canal procedure requires several appointments depending on the severity of the problem.