Endodontic - Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
In the recent past, Root Canal Treatments have given us the valuable option of saving a tooth. Frequently, the infection in our teeth surpasses the barriers of enamel and dentine and enter the pulp which is situated much deeper. Before Root canal treatments were devised, the affected tooth would be commonly extracted leading to a host of problem related to missing teeth. Today, however, we understand the need to preserve natural structure as much as and for as long as possible.
In a typical root canal treatment procedure, an opening is created through the surface of the tooth which provides access to the infected pulp of the tooth. Following this, the canals of the root are cleaned, cleared, and shaped to rid them of bacteria. Once the infection subsides and there is no evidence of pain, the canal is packed with a biocompatible material to reinforce the tooth. Final capping or placement of the crown ensures that the tooth is strengthened, and normal function is restored. The tooth can now function as it did before. It should be noted here that oral hygiene practices of brushing and flossing must be carried out as usual. This will ensure the longevity of the tooth after root canal treatment.
In some cases, re-infection of a previously root canal treatment teeth maybe observed. Your dentist may recommend a re-RCT or a re-root canal treatment of a tooth. The process essentially remains the same as before, with the additional procedure of removal and replacement of the biocompatible material in the canals.
Intentional Root Canal Treatment is another treatment modality done when there is a mispositioned tooth, hampering proper function and occlusion of itself, opposing, adjacent or remaining teeth. It is commonly done in cases of a collapsed bite where there isn’t enough tooth structure or space for a crown. Certain trauma cases intentionally require root canal treatment for front teeth to prevent infection and loss of teeth.