Patient ExperienceAfter reviewing an x-ray of your tooth, your Endodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, recommend a treatment plan, discuss it with you, and answer your questions. If a root canal is needed: A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area A small, protective sheet called a "dental dam" is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure An opening is made in the top of the tooth and your Endodontist will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling The root canal is cleaned, medicated, and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material (gutta percha) A temporary filling is placed pending your return to your General Dentist. Your General Dentist will then place a permanent restoration, such as a crown, to protect the tooth.
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