Root canals! Have you ever used that phrase to describe the worst, most painful thing you can imagine? Well stop it! Root canals, known by the professionals as endodontics, are actually the END of pain, rather than the cause. What causes the pain is infection, sometimes even an abscess, deep in the root canals of your teeth. Yep. That’s why people call it a root canal! We clean out these canals, removing infected tissue and nerves, fill them with a special substance called gutta-percha, then fully encase the compromised tooth with a beautiful porcelain crown. It is the ideal way to save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. We think that’s a good enough reason to reverse the root canal’s bad reputation, don’t you?