The process is usually completed over two or three appointments, but there are also many teeth that can be root canaled in a single visit. First, the dentist removes any old fillings, decay, and infected tissue. The nerve (or pulp) is removed before cleaning and shaping the root canals using specialized instruments and disinfectants. Antibiotic medication is then used to treat the infection. To prevent bacteria from reinfecting the canals, they are sealed with a special material. The tooth is then restored with a filling or a crown. Once the tooth is properly restored, it is very likely to last for even decades. Success rates for root canal treatment are about 90 to 95 percent.
It is often believed by patients that a root canal treatment is painful, however there should be no pain during the procedure. Also, if the patient comes in with pain, they often leave with immense relief. If the thought of root canal treatment still makes you feel anxious, please look at our options for sedation.