Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth, and root canals are the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth is sore and infected, it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth, and these infected nerves need to be removed before an abscess occurs, which can result in bone loss in your jaw. To remove these nerves, a root canal is needed.
While “root canal” has become a scary term to most patients, but advances in technology and equipment have made this a virtually pain-free procedure. In fact, root canals have saved far more teeth than they’re given credit — and are one of the most common dental procedures done today.