The root canal therapy (RCT) is a dental procedure performed when infection invades the roots of the teeth. During RCT, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth are removed and root canals are cleaned of the bacterial debris . The overall process is usually completed in two dental visits.
Steps involved in RCT:
- In the first visit, after the X-ray is taken, the tooth to be treated is made numb by administering local anesthesia to the surrounding tissues.
- A dental dam (thin sheet of rubber or vinyl) is placed around the affected tooth which allows the treatment to be carried out in sterile environment.
- A small hole is created in the affected tooth to remove the diseased or dead pulp.
- The infected nerves and debris are removed and the root canals are cleaned thoroughly.
- The canal is disinfected with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions.
- The canal is then filled with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha that helps to prevent the root from getting re-infected with bacteria. Mostly an antibiotic will be prescribed by your dentist to treat and prevent infection.
- In the next visit, the dentist will place a suitable crown to restore and protect the tooth from future damage.
Root canal therapy is a critical dental procedure and hence understanding each and every step involved in this treatment is very important before going for the actual treatment.
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