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A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if i had a root canal today and dentist couldn't finish it?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edmund Lipskis
Dentistry 40 years experience
At times need 2 appt: When a root canal isn't completed in 1 appointment, it is usually due to the infection in the bone at the root tip(s). The cleaned out canal needs to be dry to get an effective seal. If there is drainage from the infected bone seeping back into the tooth, you have to let that heal a bit before sealing the canal. At times the canals are irregular, branching, and/or narrow, needing more prep time.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Specialist: Just another reason to see a specialist for specialty treatment. Sometimes treatment takes multiple visits, so go back when Dentist says you need to be seen again...don't put it off.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Specialists can also take multiple visits if the canals are sclerotic or tortuous, or if there is some other difficulty preventing them from finishing it correctly...
Jun 13, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
1 to 3 appointments: In many cases with larger infection, your dentist may choose to leave some medication in the tooth for a week or so before completing the root canal. Be patient for better results.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What do you advise if i had a root canal today and dentist couldn't finish it?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Don't worry: It will be completed at a subsequent visit.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how do the dentist do a root canal?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Open, Clean, Seal.: "root canal" is a hollow, tunnel-like space in the tooth's root(s). Rct, or root canal therapy, is to gain access to, clean out its nerves ; blood, disinfect, and fill. The tooth will be numbed first, then a tooth-cover called a rubber dam is placed to separate the tooth from oral germs. After rct, the top hole is filled. If the fill is temporary, you will need a final fill or crown soon after.

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