Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp, a sensitive tissue that’s full of nerves in the center of your tooth, is exposed due to tooth decay or damage. When the pulp and nerves of your tooth is exposed, you may experience constant pain, or tooth sensitivity. The pain may even interfere with your sleep, and sometimes the pain isn’t lessened by over the counter pain medicine.
During a root canal procedure the affected area is numbed, the nerve and pulp are removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and then sealed. Saving your natural tooth with a root canal will help you maintain your smile, and with proper care it will decrease your need for ongoing dental work on the treated tooth.