What To Expect During The First Visit
Getting started, your dentist will ensure you’re as comfortable as possible by administering local anesthesia to numb the infected tooth. Once numbed, a small sheet of rubber or dental dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it from the others and keep it clean throughout the entire procedure.
Remove Damaged Pulp
Next, your dentist will use specialized tools to access and clean the infected area, including any damaged pulp inside your tooth and around the root. Once the infected area is completely neutralized, any remaining bacteria is flushed out with water and antimicrobial solutions to minimize any future infections.
Now that the infection is cleared and your damaged tooth is clean and dry, your dentist will refill the open area with gutta-percha, a soft, malleable rubber-like material that acts just like your natural tooth pulp and then seal the opening with a temporary filling until you’re ready to come back for a permanent replacement.
What To Expect During The Second Visit
During your next scheduled visit 2-3 weeks later, your dentist will insert a small supporting post inside the root chamber to increase tooth stability if needed and then complete your root canal treatment by attaching a permanent porcelain dental crown or other tooth replacement/restoration solution to the top of your tooth
So what does a root canal cost?
The specific dollar amount your root canal will eventually cost depends on numerous factors, including: