For most patients, hearing the words “root canal” immediately causes concern and worry. The majority of times that a tooth requires root canal therapy, the tooth has already been causing the patient some discomfort. This can be pain on biting, increased sensitivity to hot and cold and the tooth aching during the night. When a patient comes to Admirals Walk Dental with this type of pain, our immediate concern is to get the patient out of pain. From the patient’s perspective, root canal therapy is very similar to a filling, it just takes a bit longer. Just like a filling appointment- Dr. Nelson will move the chair back, make the tooth numb, place a rubber dam and perform the procedure. Depending on the degree of infection, a root canal appointment may take more then one office visit.