Root canal treatment is done to save a badly damaged or infected tooth, rather than removing the tooth. Most dentists agree that saving natural teeth is in a patient’s best interest. Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the tooth roots and then filling/sealing the roots.
What to expect during a root canal:
- Anesthesia- Local anesthesia is administered to the infected tooth. Root canal treatment is actually no more painful than a filling.
- Pulpectomy- An opening in the tooth is made and the pulp is completely removed.
- Filling- Roots are filled with gutta-percha material and then sealed off with cement.
- Final restoration- After a root canal the tooth must be properly sealed with either a dental filling or a full coverage crown. Your dentist will determine which option is best for you and can usually complete both root canal treatment and final restoration in the same appointment.