Root canal treatment aims to disinfect the root canal system and allow healing of the surrounding tissues. Your Endodontist will achieve this by carefully shaping, cleaning and then filling the root canals of your infected tooth. Once your root canal treatment is completed, the foundations are ready for you to return to your general dentist for the final restoration; such as a crown which will protect the tooth and restore it to its full function. This procedure enables you to retain your natural tooth which is likely to function better than a substitute. Root canal treatment is usually completed in one to three appointments depending on the extent of infection and your current state of oral and general health.