Also known as Endodontics, Root canal Treatment (RCT) is required when the blood supply or nerve supply of the tooth is infected from decay or injury. You do not always feel pain in the early stages of infection and in some cases the tooth can discolour which indicates the nerve has died or is dying.
- What does it involve?
The purpose of RCT is to remove all the infected tissue from inside the root canal system. The root canal is then cleaned and filled to prevent further infection.
- Does it hurt?
No. Usually local anesthetic is used and it feels similar to having a filling done. However RCT is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most cases will require 2 or more visits to the dentist.
- Can I have RCT at Kilfeather Dental?
All dentists are trained and highly skilled at root canal treatment and we are happy to complete the treatment for you. However, in some instances, particularly difficult cases we may need to refer you to an Endodontist who is a specialist in root canal treatment.
- What if I don’t have RCT?
The alternative treatment option is to have the tooth taken out. Once the nerve/blood supply is infected it cannot heal and we do not advise leaving an infected tooth in the mouth.
- Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes, however a root canal treated tooth is more brittle and it may be necessary to restore the tooth with a crown especially in molars.