Root Canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth and the infected pulp and cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. The common causes of decaying pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity,repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma to it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.
Decades ago, root canal treatments were painful with dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little or no pain with a root canal treatment today.
DIFFERENT STEPS OF “ROOT CANAL TREATMENT”
Root canal treatment consists of a number of steps that take place over several CLINIC visits, depending on the situations or infection in tooth. These steps are as follow:
- Dentist examines and x-rays the tooth,then local anesthesia is administered to the infected tooth.
2.The Dentist makes an opening through center of the tooth to remove the infected pulp and any pus or other infected tissue if their.
3.Next, the pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned and shaped in preparation for a filling.
4.The dentist fills the root canal with gutta-percha material and seals them with cements.
- If more than one visit is needed, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits.
- For heavily damaged tooth or fractured tooth a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support( Called Post & core).
- In the final step, A crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.
IS IT NORMAL FOR MY TOOTH TO HURT AFTER A ROOT CANAL?
Something that was true in the past but with the advancement of dentistry generally no pain occurs at the time of Root canal treatment. Today, with advanced anesthesia options and surgical techniques, a root canal is as comfortable as getting a filling done. An infected tooth is usually what causes tooth pain and a root canal is the solution to this problem. In fact, infected tooth pulp can cause a tooth abscess and can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.
Why we should save the Tooth ?
A treated and restored tooth can last long with proper dental care. Root canals have a high success rate and are significantly less expensive than the alternative, tooth extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.
PRECAUTIONS AFTER RCT’S
-Tooth decay can still occur in a treated tooth, so good oral hygiene and regular dental examination are necessary to prevent further problems.
Practice good flossing adjacent to tooth which is root canaled to increase it life expectancy.
-Avoid chewing on hard foods- chewing on hard food such as Nuts etc can cause tooth to break which result in removal of the tooth.
Dr Shemyla & Dr Neha Gaur