If you are like lots of people, those two words — root canal — fill you with a feeling of dread. This essential dental procedure has, for some reason, become synonymous with a painful or torturous experience.
The reality is quite different. If you have an infected or abscessed tooth, a root canal may be necessary to stop the infection, save your tooth, and yes, end pain. Most patients say that the technique itself is no more uncomfortable than a routine filling.