But what exactly is a root canal? We hear it often enough to recognize what’s going on, yet the specifics get a little hazy simply because people don’t actually talk about what it means to have a root canal.
Basically, root canal therapy is the best way to clear infections in a root canal. So, the root canal itself is a place where your teeth’s roots are at, and infection in the roots often occurs because of a deep cavity, which causes damage to the tissue in the roots.
So during the actual root canal procedure, your dentist will end up cleaning out the infected root canal and then they’ll seal it up to make sure you don’t have any future infections within your root canal.
But if it’s left untreated, an infected root canal can cause one or more of the following (not to mention a tooth that will fall out): swelling in the area, bone loss around the root, and even drainage that can seep into the gums and sometimes through the cheek.
The main thing to know is that there are two main types of root canal procedures.