Endodontic procedures such as root canals can generally be completed in one to two visits. They involve a number of steps. The endodontist performs an evaluation of a tooth that includes x-rays. A local anesthetic is administered and the tooth is numbed.

A protective sheet known as a “dental dam” is placed over the tooth to isolate it and prevent saliva during the procedure. An opening is created in the tooth. Small instruments are used to help clean the pulp from the root canal, the natural hollow in the center of the tooth.

After the space is cleaned and shaped, it will be filled with biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material known as “gutta-percha”. An adhesive cement is used for the placement of gutta-percha to ensure the tooth is completely sealed. The temporary filling will be removed before the tooth is restored.

After the final visit, a crown or other restoration can be placed to ensure the tooth is fully protected and functions optimally.

Call Bixby Knolls Dental Group for additional details about endodontic restorations.

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