In some cases teeth can have damage, infection, or inflammation to the nerve or blood supply of the tooth called the pulp. Sometimes this requires a procedure known as a root canal. Root canals remove the diseased pulp of the tooth, but otherwise leave the root and rest of the tooth perfectly intact. With modern methods and the latest technology, this procedure can be completed with minimal to no discomfort to the patient. Although some root canal procedures can be tedious, with profound anesthesia minimal to no discomfort is felt by the patient at all. In fact, many root canal procedures can be completed in one short, easy visit!