Root Canal Treatment (also known as ‘RCT’ and ‘Endodontics’) is usually the treatment of choice when a nerve inside your tooth dies, and causes an abscess.
The dead nerve is removed from the inside of the tooth, which is then disinfected and filled. Despite common horror stories root canal treatment performed correctly is a painless procedure and ensures that the tooth is saved rather than extracted.
Root canal treatment is normally completed in 1 or 2 visits depending on the complexity of the case, or if you are having any symptoms. Root canal treatment on a back tooth is often followed by a crown to provide strength.
Root canal treatment can sometimes be carried out electively, for example if a post is required to restore the tooth, or if the root is to be kept to maintain the surrounding bone.