Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth's root. With dental advances and local anesthetics, root canal therapy has become a generally pain-free treatment. In fact, it's probably more painful living with a decayed tooth.
Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture.