In a root canal procedure, the infected or dying inner part of the tooth, known as the nerve or pulp, needs to be removed, the canals disinfected and then replaced with a filling and sealing material before being sealed and restored. After the tooth is anesthetized and isolated with a dental dam, an access opening is made into either the chewing surface or the tongue side of the tooth. Hand files or automated files are then used to carefully clean out the infected material inside the tooth.
Recent advances in endodontic instrumentation have made this procedure quicker than ever! Our patients are often surprised how relatively comfortable this procedure is.
What is the time frame for this procedure?
Root canals can often be done in a single appointment, but occasionally two or three appointments may be necessary.