A root canal is a treatment also called an endodontic treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth for a longer time that might otherwise require extraction. This treatment is recommended to relieve the symptoms or discomfort. If a root canal treatment is not performed, discomfort or symptoms may continue and you may face the risk of serious, potentially life-threatening infection, abscesses in the tissue and bone surrounding teeth and eventually, the loss of tooth and/or adjacent teeth.