A Typical Root Canal Process
A standard root canal often needs more than one visit to a dentist’s office and can be performed by either a dentist or a dental specialist called an endodontist. Endodontists specialize in treating infections or problems in the pulp or nerve of the tooth. During the initial visit, an x-ray is taken of the patient’s mouth to give our dentist a clear picture of the extent of damage or infection. The tooth is secured with a dam, the patient receives anesthesia, and a hole is drilled in the tooth. Debris, pulp, and nerves are removed, the canals are disinfected, and the inner part of the tooth is cleaned. Then, the canals are filled in to prevent additional infections.