Teeth are held in the jaw by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root but teeth further back in your mouth will have two, three or four.
Inside, there are nerves and a blood supply in the 'root canal'. When the tooth is healthy the nerves are alive but decay or injury can cause the nerves to die. A dead nerve inside a tooth can cause an abscess at the end of a root.
Root filling means removing damaged or dead nerves and filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired.
A root filling often needs more than one visit. The tooth could still be tender for a day or two afterwards and you might need to take mild pain killer.
Usually needing a root canal treatment would have meant you were experiencing a high level of discomfort in your mouth which, if untreated, could ultimately lead to the loss of the tooth. The benefit of a root canal treatment procedure once the problem is spotted is:
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