Root Canal Therapy (RCT)

Root canal therapy is a treatment to the inside of the tooth.  Your doctor may suggest this treatment as an option to address extensively damaged or diseased teeth that cannot be corrected by a tooth filling. This restorative procedure is specifically for the nerve or pulp of the tooth. It is prescribed to help alleviate pain and restore the health of the damaged area.

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endodontics root canal treatment areaHaving a root canal procedure administered is similar to filling teeth but is, of course, a bit more extensive since it is used to treat a large area of tooth decay. This treatment can be completed in one to two visits, is relatively painless and is extremely effective. RCT removes the inflamed and/or infected tooth nerve and replaces it with a sterile material for tooth preservation.

Some reasons for Root Canal Therapy may be:

  • Deep cavities that extend to the pulp of the tooth
  • Repetitive dental procedures the disturb tissue
  • Abcess
  • Cracked or Fractured tooth
  • Injury to the inside of teeth.

Commonly referred to as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy can drastically reduce the need for ongoing dental work and lower the cost of dental care. This is a permanent solution to resolving issues related to decay in the treatment area. Once the RCT is completed on a tooth, a crown is recommended.

root canal before and after

What happens if I don’t get root canal therapy?

If you’ve discussed with your doctor the option available for you and are still not convinced that you want this treatment here are some things to consider. If left untreated, teeth and/or tissue can become infected and cause unbearable pain that can lead to higher dental cost. Swelling, damage to the bone, an abcess, like the one in the image, are likely to appear once infection continues to grow.

abscess on front teeth

Waiting too long to get necessary treatment can lead to higher cost and increase recovery time. If you are interested in learning more about Root Canal Therapy? Let our staff help you determine if the treatment is the right next step to improve your smile and oral health.