Root Canal Treatments (RCT)
Teeth have a soft core called dental pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria (or bacteria by-products) can enter the pulp. If left untreated this can cause serious pain or infection. In such cases, RCT may be required.
RCT typically involves three visits:
Clear the infection, pulp removal (pulp extripation), and medicate the canal(s).
Shape (instrument) the canal(s) and re-medicate.
Seal the canal(s) (obturate) and restore the tooth.
Following RCT, a crown may be recommended to further protect the treated tooth/teeth, as they are more susceptible to fractures.