Root canal treatment can generally be completed in one or two visits, depending on the complexity of the case and the individual patient’s needs. During the first visit, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and make a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the infected or damaged pulp inside. The infected or damaged pulp is then removed and the root canal is cleaned and shaped to prepare it for filling. In some cases, the root canal may be filled and sealed during the same visit. In other cases, a temporary filling will be placed and the patient will return for a second visit to have the root canal permanently sealed. It is important to follow the treatment plan recommended by the dentist to ensure the best possible outcome.