Root canals have a bad reputation amongst the general population. Sadly, while these pre-conceived notions are not the reality, they may cause great anxiety to those who have not experienced a root canal. Simply put, a root canal is like a filling, except the filling progresses all the way down into the tooth’s roots. Once you are comfortably anaesthetized, we access the tooth just as we would for a filling. We then proceed to remove the affected nerve tissue, clean and disinfect the tooth, fill the space with an inert filling material and finally cover it with a filling. It is often recommended to cover a root-canalled tooth with a crown in order to prevent the tooth from fracturing in the future. If you have any concerns, please ask us to help you understand this treatment.