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Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps. Please see this video from the Amercian Association of Endodontists for more information*. 

Video reproduced with permission from the American Association of Endodontists.

*Video may have difficulty loading on some mobile devices.


The Endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers a local anesthetic.  After the tooth is numb the Endodontist places a small protective sheet called a "dental dam" over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.

An opening is made in the crown of the tooth.  Very small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals, and to shape the space for the filling.

The root canals are then filled with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called "gutta percha".

A temporary filling is placed to close the opening.  The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.

After your final visit with the Endodontist you will return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed to protect the tooth.