Root Canals (endodontic therapy) is a dental procedure performed to treat a tooth that is infected, inflamed, or decayed. This procedure is more commonly known as a root canal. During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth is removed and then cleaned thoroughly. Once the canals and the pulp chamber of the tooth have been hollowed out and cleaned, they are filled and sealed in order to prevent any future infection.
Typically, endodontic therapy consists of a minimum of two visits. The first visit will allow the dentist to remove the infected pulp, clean out the canal, and fit the tooth for a filling. This filling is temporary and is only designed to last until the following appointment, where the dentist will determine if the infection has been successfully treated. If it has, the permanent filling is put in place.