RCT (also called endodontics) tackles infection at the centre or tip of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s also got a bad rap!
When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth has become infected, if root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection can spread, lead to an abscess and the tooth may need to be taken out.
During treatment, all the infection is removed from inside the root canal system. The canal is filled and the tooth is sealed to stop it from becoming infected again. RCT may require 2 or even 3 visits depending on the tooth and amount of infection.
Because RCT also remove the pulp, the teeth involved can no longer function as living things. Over time, this deficit causes them to lose strength and become likely to fracture.
After performing RCT
After performing RCT, we apply permanent fillings to protect the treated teeth from bacteria and to strengthen them in the process. For many root canal procedures, however, fitting crowns over the filled teeth is necessary because of the high risk of fracture without the extra protection crowns provide.
Horror stories you may have heard, are usually exaggerated. To you, the procedure is largely like a regular filling, it just takes longer to do and requires Special Equipment. We will always discuss options first, which may include a referral to a Specialist who carries out RCT.