Root Canal Treatment is a medical term used for a procedure in which the ‘Nerve’ in the roots of the tooth is removed completely because there is infection or swelling in it.
You must be wondering how the nerves present within the solid tooth get infected? The nerves get infected when there is decay in the tooth which if not taken care of in the primary stage, progresses further leaving the nerves exposed, which are then infected by bacteria. The nerves can also get infected due to trauma, or fracture in the tooth or even when tooth is weak due to gum disease.
The infection to nerves causes pain, sensitivity to hot and cold food, swelling and in some cases, there is foul discharge. The only option in such a situation is to remove the nerves and restore the tooth structure with cement and a dental cap.
If you properly brush twice a day, then there will not be any caries and you would never have to go for root canal treatment unless there is an accidental injury.
Root Canal Treatment at Ivory dental clinic in Seawoods, Nerul is done by a root canal specialist with all modern equipment.
If you stay in Navi Mumbai and suffer from severe pain due to carious tooth, then you may require RCT, which can be decided only when you visit a nearby dentist in Navi Mumbai.
The outer portion or crown of a tooth is a three-layered structure namely –
The inner pulp has the blood vessels and nerves and when decay is not arrested, it affects the outer enamel, middle dentin and finally reaches the inner pulp. If the tooth decay is limited to the first two layers, it can be corrected with Filling/ Restoration. In case the tooth decay reaches the third layer (Inner Pulp) and causes inflammation or infection of the pulp, a Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic Treatment is needed.
Root Canal Treatment is done on a damaged or infected tooth. An infection could be due to a cracked or broken tooth, deep decay, gum diseases or may be due to repeated dental treatment on a particular tooth. It becomes extremely important to get the Root Canal Treatment as:
If the pain in your tooth has subsided, it does not mean that your tooth has healed, but in fact the nerves inside the tooth are dead to cause any pain. The infection however has grown manifold.
The infection from the bacteria can cause further infection to the tissues of the gums and jaws and can in turn cause pus-filled abscess.
Your dentist will take an X-ray to check the extent of the infection. After seeing the X-ray the dentist will suggest if a root canal treatment can be done on the tooth or it needs to be extracted. Before the root canal treatment local anaesthesia is administered to relive you of any pain and discomfort.
The tooth is cleaned of all debris, prior material filling if any, and infection and a better way is established to the inner pulp.
The inner pulp is cleaned, totally disinfected, and the canals are shaped.
The clean and disinfected canals are then sealed with a rubber like material called Gutta-Percha.
It usually takes 3-5 days to seal the canals permanently on a case-to-case basis. During this phase, your dentist would place a calcium-based medicine to control any inflammation and heal and restore. Finally, the canal is sealed with rubber-based cones. These cones are safe and do not react or melt with saliva or blood or other consumables.
The last step is strengthening the weak tooth with a crown or cap. After the filling, the crown acts as a total Défense towards restoration and long life of the tooth.
Important post-operative instructions and home care after a Root Canal Treatment
Your dentist will guide you to follow the following post-operative instructions-
No, an infected tooth cannot heal itself. The infection can spread to other areas of your jaw causing serious pain. Treating an infected tooth requires medications or root canal treatment. For getting an RCT, book your appointment with us at Ivory Dental Clinic.
No, a root canal treatment is pain-free. Before proceeding with the root canal treatment, a dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the infected area ensuring a painless treatment. Usually patients might experience some pain as the anesthesia starts to wear off.
Once the root canal treatment is completed, the treated tooth will heal within a few days. Patients might experience some pain once the anaesthesia subsides. The pain is likely to end within a few days with medication.
Most root canal treatment can be completed by our root canal specialist in a single day. In certain cases of serious infection or a back tooth, we may need 2-3 days appointment for finishing the treatment.
Yes. Post root canal treatment, you can experience throbbing pain and discomfort. As the area around the tooth heals, there is soreness and discomfort. It is therefore normal to experience pain.
A tooth in the process of a root canal has lost a chunk of its original form and what is left, is to be restored. The dentist shapes the tooth to form a seat for placing the dental cap. The dental caps or crowns are used on the restored teeth for making them strong and to give them a proper shape. This is a painless process.
There different kinds of crowns classified based on the material used, strength and aesthetics.
Root canal treatment can cost different in individual cases. However, we have classified some parameters based on which we can determine a cost.
An infected tooth can be restored partially with a root canal. However, in some cases, the tooth can be extracted and supplanted either an extension or an embed or a fractional dental replacement. All these options are costlier as compared to a root canal treatment as well as require support on the adjoining teeth and tissues, need extra treatments and time. Root canal treatment is therefore the right decision.
Root canal treatments are basic treatments carried out by every dentist. But a Root Canal specialist is called an Endodontist who especially performs complex root canal procedures.
If you are looking for Root Canal Treatment in Seawoods, do get in touch with us at 9029068111. We have Root canal specialists and a team of dental professionals for different dental consulting and treatments.