Root Canal (Endodontics)
Root canal treatment (RCT) is a procedure to retain a tooth, which may otherwise require extraction. During RCT, infected nerve and blood vessels are removed, roots are cleaned, shaped and filled with an inert material called gutta percha. Although root canal therapy has a very high degree of clinical success, it is still a biological procedure and reinfection is possible, especially if it is not followed up by a crown. Ideally, a crown is recommended within two weeks of this procedure.