Rooth canals are totally painless if the abscess is under control through antibiotics. There is such a gratifying feeling watching someone’s face change from a mask of pain, to a normal, relaxed face.
Root canals are done to preserve the tooth if the nerve of the tooth has become damaged through trauma, deep decay, or even under a crown preparation. A small hole is mad in the biting surface of the tooth, and the offending nerve is removed. There is no removal of roots, no surgery, and some are simpler than big fillings.
Dentistry has changed so much during my career. We recently trained on our CT scanner…it gives 3D xrays of the hard tissues in and around the jaws. It helps diagnose fractures of the teeth and /or jaws; can show pathology in the bones, sinus, TMJ (jaw joint). A CT scan is often used by root canal specialists to adequately see the nerve canals inside a tooth. A CT scan can help me decide which root canal cases to treat, and which one should be seen by a specialist. It saves the patient from having a wasted appointment with me attempting a root canal, that in the end I have to refer to a specialist.