Infections can develop deep within a tooth when extensive decay occurs. This condition can be extremely painful and dangerous, requiring prompt attention to extract the infected tissue. Dr. Carrico understands that root canals have a bad reputation which is why she assures every patient that she will get them completely numb before the root canal. She has had extensive training in rotary endodontics which is the cutting edge of root canal therapy. Recent technological innovations such as an apex locator, electric handpiece, titanium files, an ultrasonic fiber optic cleaner, digital X-ray, and optical magnification are all advances that will make your root canal successful and painless as possible.