Have no fear!
Root Canals are not as scary as you've heard!
Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) is that dental specialty that deals with teeth which are badly decayed or infected. When a tooth becomes infected it usually involves the nerve tissue in the root of the tooth. The infected tissue needs to be removed. Root Canal Treatment offers a much better alternative for a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
The term "Root canal" has long been associated with jokes about dentistry, and as a result, has incited fear among dental patients. Reality is, most people who perpetuate those jokes and that fear, have never actually experienced a Root Canal!
Modern technology has made Root Canal Treatment a common and straightforward procedure. Local anesthetic and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little or no pain.