A root canal is a procedure done to save a tooth. It treats the inside of the tooth, and becomes necessary when a cavity infects its interior, which can cause increased sensitivity and a whole lot of pain.
The technical term for a root canal is endodontic therapy. It works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.
Most people don’t like going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. For those who need a little help we offer sedation dentistry, including IV sedation. It won’t put you completely to sleep, but will get you through the procedure without much stress.