When decay and infection reach the pulp (or nerve) of the tooth, the dentist might recommend root canal therapy. Unfortunately, this treatment causes unwarranted anxiety and panic in many who are unaware that root canal therapy can be accomplished with minimal discomfort.
During the procedure, the doctor will remove the decayed pulp from the tooth and clean the roots. The tooth is then filled with a substance called gutta percha, and a temporary filling is placed on the tooth which will later be restored and strengthened with a crown.
New materials and technology often allow us to complete a root canal in only one sitting!