What is root canal treatment?
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a procedure that is done if a tooth's pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed. This treatment may be the only way to save the tooth without removing it. It gives the patient a safe and effective way to treat an infected or inflamed tooth. Having a root canal treatment allows the patient to keep this tooth so the tooth will continue to function as any other natural tooth. Root canal treatment consists of removing the nerve within the root of the tooth and placing a permanent filling in the canal space. After this treatment has been completed a permanent filling or build up is placed in the tooth to restore it. Often it is necessary to place a crown on this tooth to strengthen it and protect it from fracturing. For more information, talk with Dr. Gitzen or Dr. Nelson or visit the American Dental Association's website at http://www.ada.org