Throughout the years, a root canal procedure has become notorious for being arduous and painful. The good news is that thanks to the ever progressing medical technology, the procedure has become much quicker and less painful.
Sometimes, when teeth get infected, the nerve endings in the root of the teeth need to be removed to prevent loss of parts of the jaw bone. This type of procedure that deals with nerves at the root of the teeth is known as endodontics.
During the root canal procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the pain. The dentist will then drill into the tooth to create an opening that leads to the nerve. Using this opening, the dentist will remove the infected tissue and generally replace the tooth with a crown. While there will be some pain after the procedure, it can be treated with over the counter medication.