Endodontics is a term that most people are not familiar with when it comes to their teeth. However, almost everyone has heard the term "root canal." Root canals are the most common endodontic procedure that dentists perform. Endodontics refers to the treatment of the nerves of the teeth. In cases of root canals, a nerve has become infected and needs to be treated before the tooth and the jaw become affected. In the past, root canal has been a procedure that is synonymous with the word "scary." Improved techniques have allowed root canals to be almost painless. After proper numbing of the gum, the nerve is exposed and the infection is cleaned and removed by your dentist. After removal, the empty space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. Most teeth will then be fitted with a crown which protects the tooth from fracture and restores its function.

You may experience some soreness after the procedure which is usually treated with over the counter medicine; however, unusual pain should be reported to Mayatte Family Dentistry for further examination.