Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is usually needed if your tooth is painful, infected or damaged. The purpose of root canal treatment is to remove any infection from the tooth and to essentially save the tooth and keep it healthy so that it doesn’t have to be removed.
During the early stages of infection, you may feel little or no pain. However, if left untreated then the infection will spread through the root canal system and result in removal of the tooth.
Where possible, root canal treatment is preferable to removing a tooth as your natural smile is maintained and your biting force and sensations are unaffected.
Although root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, the procedure is no more painful than having a filling.