Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
RCT is performed when the blood and nerve supply (the pulp) of the tooth has been infected through decay or injury. Pulp decay can be very painful and potentially dangerous and requires urgent treatment. RCT involves the removal of this dead or dying tissue thereby 'sterilising' the tooth and preventing further problems.
RCT has a very high success rate and so saves the tooth. With strict brushing regimes, an RCT can be expected to last into later life.