My mother had a very painful tooth, but instead of extracting it, the dentist advised her to go in for a root canal procedure. What is a root canal procedure?
A dentist uses this treatment to save a tooth which is badly decayed, but without extracting it. He exposes the tooth, cleans up the bacteria, removes the nerve which causes the pain, and then fills up the tooth. After filling, the tooth is ground to size and a metal, porcelain or ceramic cap is fitted on it. The tooth is now technically ‘dead’, but it can be used for biting and chewing.