Root canal treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:
3. After the space is cleaned and shaped, the dentist fills the root canals with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
4. After the final visit you must return to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. It is vital to protect it from breakage and reinfection. This is traditionally accomplished with a crown but there are other options. Your dentist will advised which is best for you.
If the tooth lacks sufficient structure to hold the restoration in place, your dentist may place a post and/or a reinforced core inside the tooth. Ask your dentist for more details about the specific restoration planned for your tooth.