Let’s talk about restorative dentistry… So, what exactly is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis, and integrated care of disorders of the teeth and their supporting structures, as well as the rehabilitation of the dentition, to meet the individual’s functional and aesthetic needs. Our goal as a dentist is to restore your natural smile while also preventing future dental health issues. We will see the importance of RCT in this section because many people we face in our day-to-day clinical practice are hesitant to undergo root canal treatment, which leads to tooth loss.

Our teeth are made up of three layers:

  1. Enamel
  2. Dentin
  3. Pulp

Dental caries begins as a blackish discolouration on the occlusal surface or on the tooth’s sides. It will not be painful if you have a little cavity on your teeth. If you do not treat it, it will spread to your dentin layer (second layer of the tooth), producing sensitivity, and if you do not treat it, it will extend to your pulp tissue, causing extreme pain.

The main fact is that you will not be aware of your tooth decay until it becomes painful, but the most important fact is that if your tooth becomes painful, especially if you have night pain, the only way to save your teeth in that condition is to undergo a Root Canal Treatment; ordinary fillings will not suffice.

If you did not treat your teeth at the time, you will have to have them extracted, resulting in tooth loss.
Some people claim that root canal therapy causes eye issues, headaches, and other side effects. Don’t believe that the nerve supply and blood supply of teeth are separate.

So, here comes the significance of RCT (Root Canal Treatment).

RCT is a dental technique that fully removes and cleans (debrides) the inflamed/infected pulp from the tooth’s root canal system before filling (obturating) it with a material called gutta-percha, thereby preventing its recontamination.

THE STEPS INVOLVED IN A RCT (Root Canal Treatment)
Step 1: Inject L.An into the affected tooth.
Step 2: A small aperture is made on the crown of the tooth to remove the infected pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal. This is done with endodontic files, and the pulp chamber is subsequently irrigated with a root canal irrigant.
Obturation (Step 3): After cleaning and shaping, the entire root canal system is three-dimensionally filled (obturated) with an obturating substance, such as Gutta-purcha, to create a fluid-tight closure at the apical foramen and total obliteration of the root canal.


An RCT can now be performed in a single visit. However, depending on the extent of infection in the tooth and supporting tissues, it may take two or more visits.


We can avoid subsequent procedures if we treat our teeth from the start, but if you are in a situation where you need to do an RCT for seriously damaged teeth, never hesitate to do so. To avoid future problems, keep your natural teeth as long as feasible.