Online dentist present you a special featured article on Root Canal Treatment. We have written many articles to explain the RCT process. Here we are consolidating most of them here to give a better understanding of RCT process. We also have mentioned RCT as a special category in our dentist forum, where you can go and discuss about RCT process.

  1. What is Root Canal Treatment
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Procedure
  4. Extra Resources

What is Root Canal/ Endodontic Treatment

RCT helps you to save nerve or pulp infected tooth. It is also know as endodontic treatment.

What is endodontic treatment

There are mainly three parts of a tooth:

  • Enamel
  • Dentin
  • Pulp

Enamel is the outer part of tooth and protect it from outer bacteria. But if oral hygiene is not maintained, bacteria easily penetrate the enamel and reach up to pulp. Root Canal or Endodontic Treatment is the procedure in which a dentist treats the inner part of tooth. This treatment clears the infection from pulp and save tooth from further decomposition.


What factors or conditions decides that you need a RCT?

Endodontic treatment is mainly diagnosed using clinical and radiographic examinations. In clinical examinations tooth is checked for

  • Pain when Chewing
  • Increased sensitivity for hot and cold water
  • Constant pain and increase of pain while lying down.
  • Swelled tooth

In radiographic examination tooth is checked for bacteria. For more details, check out the detailed article by one of our dentist.

                   What determines your tooth need RCT

RCT Procedure

After diagnosis the RCT procedure is started. This is a long procedure and require more than one sitting. Normally, it takes up to three sitting but may need more sittings depending on the condition of tooth. Below we will define the procedure of RCT from diagnosis till recovery of tooth.

Article 1 : RCT: First step

Excerpt : After diagnosis, First step in endodontic treatment is Access opening. In this process, tooth is cut to make way to reach up to pulp. The article explains the access cavity preparation till the first temporary filling. Read More :

Article 2 :RCT: 2nd visit Treatment

Excerpt : The second visit includes two steps. These are :

  1. Working Length Determination
  2. Biomechanical Preparation.
Read More

Article 3 : RCT: Last Visit

Excerpt: Till the last visit, tooth become free from pulp tissue and it is the time to fill it with an appropriate material. Check out what are the materials you can fill without causing irritation. Read Here

Extra Resources

  1. RCT: last resort to save the pulpally damaged tooth
  2. Root Canal/ Endodontic Discussion Forum