These are words that strike fear into the hearts of many! Root canal treatment aims to save a tooth badly damaged by decay or injury and therefore avoids the need for extraction. It involves cleaning out the damaged pulp (which contains the nerve) from inside small channels in the root. This process feels similar to a filling but takes a little longer. The canals are then sealed with a special filling material to prevent recurrence of infection. A local anaesthetic is given and in the vast majority of cases, treatment is completely painless. We have even had patients fall asleep during treatment! Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment enjoys a high success rate of around 95%.