Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. Earlier root canal treatment was often painful. But with dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little or no pain with a root canal treatment. In fact, it's probably more painful living with a decayed tooth.
What are the symptoms requiring a RCT?
• Severe tooth pain
• Pain worsens when you lie down and reduces when you sit up.
• Pain stays for a long time after consuming cold things.
• Swelling around the tooth.
• Constant tooth pain.
• Pain when chewing.
• Tooth pain referred to head and ears as well.
• Deep cavity in tooth.
• Severe attrition of tooth.
• Fractured tooth maybe due to trauma.
What happens during the procedure?
Treatment often involves one to three visits. During treatment, your dentist will remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.
• An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
• The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
• Medications may be put in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection.
• A temporary filling will be placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits. The tooth may be left open for a few days to drain.
• You might also be given medicine to help control infection that may have spread beyond the tooth.
• The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
• A ceramic or porcelain crown is usually placed over the tooth How many visits does it take to finish the procedure? Now a day’s even single sitting RCTs are done but it solely depends upon the extent of infection and it may take 3-4 visits of 15 min duration.
How long will the restored tooth last?
Your restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy