What to Expect with a Root Canal
To determine if a tooth needs a root canal, our dentists will do a series of tests and take an x-ray of the tooth to ensure a root canal is the best treatment option for you. If you and the dentist decide a root canal is the best option, you may be referred out to an Endodontist (a root canal specialist) for the procedure. Root canals may be completed in one appointment but can often require more than one appointment.
At your appointment, the dentist will begin by administering local anaesthetic to the numb the area. Once the area is numb it will then be isolated with a rubber dam, to protect the tooth from bacteria and saliva during the root canal treatment. The dentist will then make an opening in the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. Using very fine dental instruments, the dentist will then remove the infected pulp tissue and begin cleaning and enlarging the pulp canals. Irrigation is used to help clean the canals and remove debris. At this point the canals may be filled with medication and you will require a second appointment to finish the root canal. If no medication is needed the dentist will begin to finish the root canal by sealing the canals with a rubber like material called gutta-percha. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canals should have a crown placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, restoring it to its full function.