In order to save the tooth, the bacteria and no vital tissue has to be removed. Then the space left by the pulp has to be filled with a rubber-like material to create a seal.The next step is to restore the tooth with a crown to protect it, strengthen it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function.

After the procedure you will go home with post-treatment care instructions for pain management, as well as a follow-up appointment. You may feel some tenderness in the area during the days after the procedure due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure, and a mild soreness in your jaw from keeping your mouth open for an extended period of time during the procedure. The sensitivity or discomfort can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients can return to their normal activities the same or next day.