Ah, the poor, unfairly maligned root canal. Not only is this procedure not nearly as uncomfortable as most patients think, it’s also a tremendously valuable tool for preserving a patient’s biological tooth, which is always a preferable outcome to extraction.
This treatment can help to save a severely decayed or infected tooth by cleaning out the affected pulp material from the center of the tooth and then sealing the empty pulp chamber to prevent bacteria from accessing it again.
Similarly, if a tooth is significantly damaged due to injury, exposing the inner core to the possibility of infection, root canal treatment can also be used to protect the tooth.
You’ve undoubtedly heard someone comparing an unpleasant activity to a root canal, but most patients actually find that a root canal procedures is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled thanks to the modern instruments and techniques. Any discomfort that does develop typically responds well to over-the-counter painkillers.