The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp (nerve) from the inside of the tooth, carefully cleans and shapes the root canal, and then seals the prepared space. Most procedures are now performed in a single appointment ranging from 60-90 minutes (depending on the complexity of the case). However, some teeth may require additional appointments, particularly if the tooth is found to be inflamed or infected.
Once treatment is completed, you will be instructed to return to your dentist for a permanent crown or filling. This permanent restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned canals from the rest of your mouth, protects the tooth, and restores it to function.