Root Canals are performed to remove the infected or irreversibly irritated nerve from a tooth to relieve or prevent infection and/or pain. Contrary to popular belief – these procedures are typically painless and the patient experience is very similar to a long filling appointment. The nerve is removed and the canals are cleaned and shaped with nickel titanium reciprocating and rotary files and cleaned with antibacterial solutions while being isolated from the oral cavity with a rubber dam. The canals are then dried and filled with a fancy rubber cone (gutta percha) which seals the canals from re-infection.
Root Canal success is very similar to implant success with above a 90% success rate.