ROOT CANAL THERAPY (RCT)
Root canal therapy has existed for centuries and actually was first performed in ancient civilizations - most often only the very wealthy were treated.
There is the old tale about the tooth becoming "dead" once the nerve is removed. This is simply not true. The blood supply in the tissues that support the tooth in the jaw give all the nourishment the tooth requires. Biting pressure remains normal although there is no response to hot, cold or sweets. There is a 95% + chance that you'll retain a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Some indications for a root canal are:
* Pain while biting.
* Sensitivity to hot or cold.
* Deep decay.
* Blunt injury to the tooth.
When the pulp or "nerve center" of a tooth becomes unhealthy, two alternative treatments are available: extraction or root canal therapy. Root canal therapy permits the tooth to be retained and restores its health so that it can function normally and look natural