This article is a complete guide from the RCT Specialist in Paschim Vihar on root canal treatment, a procedure performed to rectify broken or decayed teeth.
Who needs a root canal treatment?
A tooth consists of two parts – a crown and roots. The crown is the enamel above the gum, while the roots are below the gum and hold tight the crown to the jawbone. There is pulp inside the crown and roots that nourishes the tooth and provides moisture to the surrounding material. The nerve system in the pulp senses hot and cold temperatures and pain.
Root canal treatment is to repair the pulp when it becomes injured or diseased. Once the pulp is damaged, tissue dies, bacteria starts to enter, destroys the pulp more, causes infection in the bone underneath, weaken the bone and breaks it, tooth becomes loose, feel more sensitiveness to high and low temperatures, causes pain, infection gradually spreads to other teeth as well.
The RCT Specialist in Paschim Vihar says, many patients visit to him with more complications where the tooth is at the stage that it need to be extracted. He explains, this situation can be totally avoided and root canal treatment can be done very effectively when people decide to consult the specialist at an earlier stage.
Therefore, here are the symptoms you should not ignore –
- Over sensitiveness to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Pain when biting or chewing
- A loose tooth
As you ignore these symptoms, the infection progresses and at a stage you would notice these symptoms disappear and you feel completely normal. However, at this stage the pulp is already dead and the infection has in fact started to spread through the root canal system. Thereafter you would notice;
- Pain returning when biting or chewing
- Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth and facial swelling
- The tooth turning into a darker colour
What is a root canal treatment?
You may have understood, root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infections, injuries or damages at the centre of a tooth – the pulp.
This procedure is done in 3 steps. Therefore, as instructed by the RCT specialist, you may need to visit the dental clinic 1-3 times to complete the whole process.
Firstly, cleaning the root canal – The patient is made under local anesthesia and the dentist makes a small access hole on the surface of the tooth and removes the diseased or dead pulp tissue.
Secondly, filling the root canal –The dentist then disinfects the dead pulp using tiny files and irrigation solutions. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material, using an adhesive cement to seal the canals completely. After the treatment, you will no longer feel any pain in that tooth because the nerve tissue has been removed, and the infection has been eliminated.
Thirdly, a filling or a crown is added – One may noticethat the tooth being more fragile than it was before the treatment. This is because once the pulp is removed, the tooth does not receive its nourishment. To protect the teeth, a crown or filling is done.
Is the root canal treatment painful?
Root canal treatment in Paschim vihar performed by an experienced RCT specialist should be relatively painless. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and the tooth and the surrounding area are made numbed when handling. The dentist prescribes adequate antibiotics to relieve pain until it recovers. One time discomfort for a maximum of 2-3 days’ has to be borne, rather than suffering by the affected tooth time to time.
Will the root canal treatment last-long?
It is essential to have a permanent restoration placed, such as a crown, once the root canal treatment is completed. It is also essential you follow all instructions given by the dentist on the medications prescribed and after care practices.
Is there any complications?
Complications are possible if the dentist is an inexperienced one, who would sometimes only treats, for instance, three root canals in a tooth that has four and this one canal that remains untreated is still infected. The dentist could leave the root canal not properly sealed; the tooth root may crack, etc. However, the RCT specialist in Paschim vihar assures you complete and effective root canal treatment.
Is the procedure costly?
Root canal treatment in Paschim Vihar costs you very little. Make an appointment with the RCT specialist in Paschim Vihar to examine your tooth condition and get a free quote.