Root Canal Therapy
The first step in a root canal therapy is to obtain access to the pulp tissue. A local anesthetic is given, and a small access opening is made in the top of the tooth. The length of the root canals is determined and the inflamed/infected pulp is removed.
The canal where the nerve was located is cleaned, shaped and disinfected in preparation to accept a root canal filling material called gutta percha.
The canal is filled. The filling procedure may have to be deferred to a second appointment. The number of visits necessary to complete your root canal will depend upon factors such as the extent of the infection and the complexity of the root canal system.
After the root canal therapy is completed, the patient must return to the general dentist for a final restoration (filling or crown).