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Root Canals – Explained

Most have heard of a root canal, but do you know what actually happens during one? Here’s the quick version:

  • While the tooth is numb an access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed.
  • Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
  • At the next appointment, generally a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.  A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.  Additionally, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, also allowing it to be fully functional.
  • You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

To learn more about other symptoms and causes of root canals visit our website or watch the video below.


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