All of us have at some point had a root canal done or know of someone who’s had a root canal done. But what is it really?
Root canal treatment or RCT is the therapeutic treatment done for your teeth when the infection is beyond the scope of a normal filling.
Root canal is the deep cleaning of your tooth, all the way upto the roots and then filling your tooth.
Why isn’t a regular filling enough?
Broadly your tooth has 3 layers:
Enamel and dentin are the hard coverings but the pulp consists of the blood supply and nerves. Regular fillings are done when the infection is limited to the dentin. Infection involving the pulp cannot be fought with a regular filling.
The alternative option is to let your tooth die, extract it and then replace it with something else. The choice is yours!
A root canal may also be required in case you break your teeth. If the fracture is involving your pulp then the only way to save it is via RCT.
Do I need a cap after my RCT?
The cap is important for preserving the tooth. A Root Canal is done when your tooth has been weakened greatly due to infection. Once your root canal is completed, it’s been saved from further damage but is still weak and needs protection to prolong its life. The cap covers the crown of your tooth and protects it from breaking or from other damage.
Will the procedure hurt?
Root Canal Treatment is performed under local anaesthesia. The materials we use have evolved a lot over the years and we use sophisticated equipment and technology to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible today.
How long will it take?
Everybody is different. Every tooth is different. Ergo, every treatment plan is different.
RC can be done in 1-3 sittings. It depends upon the severity of the infection. Some infections take longer to subside than the others so those patients require a longer time for completion of treatment.
A root canal is the last approach to save your dying tooth. It is the preservation of your tooth so you want to take the time and effort of getting it fixed the right way.
Will I need medication?
Certain cases may be managed by root canal therapy alone but some may require antibiotics and/or painkillers. Again, it’s patient specific so it can be determined only by the dentist.
Will there be discomfort after the RCT?
Our expertise ensure the most comfortable and smooth treatment possible for you. You may experience some discomfort after the treatment while your body is healing in case of severe infection. But generally you will not face any problems.
What precautions you need to take after RCT?
Avoid eating hard food items until your cap is fixed. After that you can go back to eating anything. Hard or soft as long as it edible!