Root Canal Treatment
Hearing your dentist say you need a root canal treatment often lead to goosebumps on your body. But that’s only when you don’t know what to expect from the treatment.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
- Root canal treatment is the most preferred treatment to retain the natural tooth against conditions like tooth decay, tooth decay leading to pain, fracture, or cracks in the tooth.
- At zerO cavity we focus on providing Root canal treatment to the patient utilizing the latest techniques of rotary Endodontics thereby reducing clinical procedure time. The procedures usually take 40-45 minutes and can be completed in one or two visits depending upon the condition of the tooth.
- The treatment is done under Local anesthesia which makes it a painless procedure.
- We at zerO cavity also practice digital record keeping which further ensures higher quality and safer care for the patient.
What are the symptoms of root canal treatment?
- The primary indication of RCT is a toothache. The pain can range from mild to severe.
- The pain worsens with time. You might feel constant pain which is worst when you bite your food.
- The other reason is prolonged sensitivity. If you feel sensations in your tooth while consuming something hot or cold, then there is the slightest chance that one needs to undergo Root Canal Treatment.
- Swelling in the gums can also be a sign that you need Root Canal Treatment.
Is it necessary to get RCT?
When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction.
Is Root Canal Treatment painful?
RCT’s are performed to relieve the pain of the tooth caused by inflammation or infection. With the use of modern rotary techniques and Apex locators, most patients today report improved comfort levels during and after the procedure.
How long is the treatment duration?
Traditional root canal treatment required multiple visits to the dentist's office but, with the advancement in dentistry, RCT can be a single sitting treatment.
SINGLE VISIT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
- At zerO cavity our well-trained team is specialized to perform single visit root canal treatment in less than an hour using advanced endodontic technology incorporating the latest rotary equipment, apex locators, digital radiography.
- To ensure a high degree of clinical success, patients are thoroughly examined and appraised of the clinical situation by our team and accordingly would advise you for a single visit root canal treatment.
Is single visit Root Canal Treatment possible in all patients?
In clinical conditions with extensive infections, Single Visit Root Canal Treatment is not advised.
It is possible in fractured teeth with close pulp (nerve) involvement, for strategically significant teeth while planning an extensive prosthesis/ rehabilitation and teeth with minimal infection.
Briefly, in cases of vital pulp, a single-visit treatment can be done whenever possible. This is based on the fact that the pulp is only superficially infected and the root canal is free of bacteria, provided the aseptic chain is maintained during the intracanal procedures. One visit endodontic should be viewed as a procedure that supplements and complements total patient care as it relates to endodontics and not as a technique that is going to replace multi-visit procedures.
What should I expect when going for RCT?
Firstly after primary investigation,
- your dentist will take an X-ray of the infected tooth
- local anesthesia might be given to numb the area if necessary
- an opening is created in the tooth to access the root canal
- the infected pulp is cleared and, the tooth is flushed with an antiseptic solution
- the tooth is then filled with a material and closed
- if necessary, a crown will be placed
Depending on the severity of your infection, the procedure might require multiple appointments.
What will happen if I don't get RCT?
The very primary and obvious thing will be, pain - you will be suffering severe toothache which will refrain you from doing almost everything. And even if you somehow manage to bear the pain, the infection will spread to different parts of your jaw. The infected tooth gets further damaged and becomes beyond salvage condition
What can I do to prevent RCT?
Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visit can prevent you from having to get RCT. Your dentist can catch the infection early and prevent it from happening.
Are there alternatives to RCT?
For some patients with failed RCTs or repeated chronic infections, we would recommend Re RCT followed by frequent follow-ups to restore the tooth to function and healthy. Endodontic Surgery may be recommended if needed. However, it is always recommended to avoid extraction of the tooth and undergo RCT to retain the natural tooth. Remember a natural tooth always functions the best compared to extraction and prostheses. Clinically if the prognosis is poor an Implant might be recommended.