What is a Root Canal?
A root canal sounds scary, but the procedure is hardly any more complicated than an ordinary filling. To do a filling, your dentist removes decayed areas from the surface of a tooth, while for a root canal she removes the dead nerve from the center. This may require two appointments, but luckily, a dead nerve cannot feel any pain! If a dead nerve is discovered early enough, a root canal can actually help you keep the affected tooth in place. If left untreated, however, there can be serious consequences, such as painful abscesses in the surrounding tissue. An abscess shows up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the root tip, and you may not feel any pain because you don’t have an abscess, yet. But root structure can be complicated, and a specialist called an Endodontist may be needed to find all of the branching pathways of the root pulp.