Root Canal Treatment is needed when blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. The infection may spread and may eventually lead to an abscess. If RCT is not carried out, the tooth may need to be pulled out. It is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is inserted and the tooth is left to settle. When all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
It is advisable to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.