RCT Tooth

The RCT tooth, or Root Canal Treated tooth, refers to a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy (RCT). This dental procedure is typically performed when the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, becomes infected or damaged due to decay, trauma, or other factors.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist or endodontist removes the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth’s interior, cleans and disinfects the root canals, and then fills them with a biocompatible material, usually gutta-percha, to seal the space and prevent further infection. The tooth is then typically restored with a dental crown to provide strength and protection. RCT is a highly effective treatment that can save a tooth from extraction and alleviate pain and discomfort caused by infection or inflammation.
There are some common misconceptions about RCT, such as the belief that it is a painful or lengthy procedure. In reality, with modern techniques and anesthesia, root canal therapy is relatively comfortable and can often be completed in one or two appointments.
After undergoing RCT, the treated tooth may be slightly more fragile than a healthy tooth, but with proper care and maintenance, it can function normally for many years. Patients are advised to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to help preserve the health of the RCT tooth and prevent future problems.
In some cases, despite successful RCT, complications such as reinfection or fracture may occur, necessitating further treatment or even extraction of the tooth. However, with advances in endodontic techniques and materials, the long-term success rate of root canal therapy is high, making it a valuable option for preserving natural teeth and maintaining oral health.