What does a root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time.The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled. Difficult root fillings are normally booked in with the endodontist, a dentist who has trained further in this field.