Root Canal Treatment is the removal of the infected soft tissue within the tooth and its replacement by an artificial inert ‘filling’ material. This procedure basically saves the tooth and eliminates dental pain.
Root canal procedure: unhealthy or injured tooth, subsequent creation of an access cavity with a dental handpiece, cleaning & shaping the root canals with an endodontic file, and restoration with gutta-percha filling and a crownHow is root canal treatment performed?
During RCT, local anesthesia is first given to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues to make it comfortable for the patient. The infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth is then removed and inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to remove all the infection and dead tissue. This might require more than one appointments depending upon the amount of infection present. Upon complete sterilization of the canals, filling is done to restore the canal structure. Antibiotics may be prescribed to aid in the infection control and to speedup the recovery. A temporary filling is placed at the crown opening. Finally, during a subsequent appointment, a crown is installed to seal the tooth and protect it from further damage or infection.