Root canals may take one or more dental visits to complete. First, the tooth is numbed. An opening is made through the biting surface of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The injured pulp is removed through a process called cleaning and shaping. Once clean, the roots are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling and/or a crown to allow you to regain function and to improve the strength and appearance of the restored tooth. With the use of antibiotics when necessary, and strong anesthetics during the procedure, root canals are now a relatively painless procedure.
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