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Posted by Jen on April 20, 2000 at 08:00:33:

In Reply to: Root Canal process??? posted by Tess-Kate on April 18, 2000 at 00:35:28:

Think of it as a filling that takes a long time. Basically thats all it is. Except the filling extends through the roots of the tooth.
After the tooth is anesthetized, the doctor uses the drill to gain access to the pulp chamber. He then uses a series of files to remove the pulp. This is done by hand only, no drilling. Once he has reached the end of the tooth with these files, he will take an xray to be sure he's at the root tip. Once this is done, the pulp chambers will be cleaned out with a diluted bleach solution and then filled, sometimes they use steel points for added strength. The hole in the crown of the tooth is filled, and your done. Should take an hour to hour and half depending on what tooth is done. Longer for multi rooted teeth. Good luck.

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