Getting a root canal typically requires two or three appointments. During the first appointment, we will take an X-ray of the affected tooth to determine the extent of the infection and the shape of the root canals. We will then use a local anesthetic to numb the area and make a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber.
Using small instruments, we will remove the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth and clean and shape the root canals. Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, we will fill them with a rubber-like material and seal the opening with a filling or crown to protect the tooth.
In some cases, we may need to place a temporary filling on the tooth until your permanent filling or crown is ready. At your final appointment, we will place the permanent filling or crown to restore the tooth’s function and appearance.