Root Canal Treatments
Root Canal treatment or
Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatment for the pulp/nerve of a tooth which results in the elimination of prevailing infection and then the protection of the decontaminated tooth from any probable future bacterial invasion.
You require a Root Canal Treatment if you have:
Sensitivity/pain in a tooth on having something cold especially while drinking something chilled/cold.
Pain in the tooth while applying pressure to eat/chew something (the patient avoids eating on the side where the infected tooth is).
A pimple near the gum of the infected tooth which comes and goes (may or may not have pus); this tooth may or may not have pain.
A recent survey showed that patients who have experienced RCT are 6 times more likely to render it as painless as the patients who have not undergone RCT.
Pain during RCT could be mild or moderate or severe (in few cases), depending upon the severity of the infection. However, with the latest available technologies, anaesthetics and antibiotics, a root canal is as comfortable as getting a filling done in a tooth.
RCT’s could be multiple or one-sitting treatments depending upon the infection in the tooth.
How Does a Dentist Perform a Root Canal Treatment ?
First, we make an opening in your tooth and removes any filling and decay. Then we removes unhealthy pulp with tiny, Flexible files. Using delicate, up-and-down motions, we gently clean and smooth your canals to prepare them for the canal-filling materials.
Filing your root canals: After the pulp has been removed from your root canals and they have been smoothed, your root canals will be filled. We may fill the canals with tiny cone-shaped pieces of gutta-percha, a firm, rubber like material, or use another dental material. A sealer-cement is used to seal the filling material into place.
Restoring your tooth:
After the inside of your tooth has been treated, the outside will be restored. To protect your tooth's underlying structures and give your tooth a healthy appearance, and if your tooth needs extra support, we may remove some gutta-percha and insert a post before the filling and crown are applied.
A post, stainless steel or a tooth-colored dental material, may be used to fill the opening in the top of your tooth.
A filling, usually silver or a tooth-colored dental material, may be used to fill the opening in the top of your tooth.
A crown, usually gold or porcelain, may be used to cover a tooth that has large opening after root canal therapy.
After your root canal therapy, take care of your treated tooth the same way you would your other tooth. Brush every meal, and floss before going to bed. Also have regular dental checkups, cleaning, and any other dental work you may need so your teeth last as long as you do.