Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment can often be performed in 1-3 visits and involves the following steps:
- The examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a “rubber dam” will be placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
- The dentist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to clean the root canals and to shape the space for root canal filling.
- Intra root canal medication may be placed to kill the infections.
- After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals will be filled with a
biocompatible material and an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed when the tooth is ready to restore.