Root canal treatment usually takes 1 to 2 visits (one week apart if 2 visits are required) depending on the complexity of the case.
At the first visit, the endodontist will examine the tooth and take an x-ray to determine whether a root canal treatment is indicated.Local anesthetic is administered at the site of the tooth to be treated.
During the root canal treatment, the endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and disinfects to remove all bacteria and shapes the inside of the root canal. The cavity left is then filled and sealed to prevent future microbial infection.
After the endodontist is satisfied with the results of the root canal treatment, the dentist will then place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to prevent leakage of bacteria into the tooth and restore it to full function.
After restoration, the tooth looks and functions like any other tooth.