Root Canal Treatment
Nothing can be more comforting than having your own healthy, natural teeth. However, sometimes you may experience severe pain in your tooth due to an injury or infection that may need urgent care.
If your dentist has diagnosed that your tooth needs a root canal treatment (RCT) and if this is worrying you, you must know that RCT is the best solution to save the infected tooth, rather than its removal. With modern endodontics offering newer technologies, procedures and materials, most people have very minimal or virtually zero pain with a root canal treatment these days.
Root Canal Anatomy:
Every tooth has a dental pulp, a soft living tissue supplied with blood vessels and nerve tissue, encased within the center of the tooth. Tooth decay, injury or an infection causes inflammation of the pulp, leading to severe pain. Inflammation of the pulp tissue spreads quickly to the tissues surrounding the tip of the roots, causing an infection and leading to a root abscess. Infection of the gums can also lead to inflammation of the pulp tissue and cause a dental abscess. The root is that part of the tooth that is located within the jaw bone, below the gums.
The root canal treatment consists of multiple steps that take place over 2 – 4 visits to the dentist’s office, depending on the individual’s condition. It involves removal of the damaged tissues of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning the canals, disinfecting the canals and shaping the canals to prepare them to receive the permanent root filling.
This is followed by filling the canals and sealing the root canal openings or orifices. A cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatments to the tooth or trauma, are some of the common causes affecting the pulp.
Symptoms indicating you may need RCT
Though not all types of teeth pain indicate a root canal treatment, some sure signs of severe infection that may require a RCT may include:
- Severe tooth pain while chewing or when applying pressure on the area
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods lingering even after hot/cold stimuli have been removed
- A tiny, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums, near the area of the painful tooth
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
The main goal of root canal treatment is to correct cavities and clear infection. Getting a root canal can provide the following benefits:
- Saves the natural tooth
- Prevents infection and abscess
- Enables efficient chewing
- Restores the natural look
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Cost of Root Canal Treatment
A root canal procedure is more cost-effective than tooth extraction or tooth replacement options. Extraction of teeth can have consequences of shifting teeth, affecting your ability to properly chew and smile. Replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional dental visits that can quickly add up to the cost of your dental treatment.
Good oral hygiene habits go a long way in preventing tooth decay or infections. Brushing twice with a fluoride tooth paste and flossing every day, can prevent bacteria and tooth decay.
The cost of RCT also depends on the location of the tooth, severity of infection and the expertise of the endodontist who treats the problem. An endodontist is preferred over a general dentist for RCT.
Why Choose Dinesh’s Dental Paradise
Technologies and Clinical Protocols : Dr. Dinesh and his team of dental specialists use latest technologies like digital x- rays and high torque motor hand pieces under local anesthesia that enables successful and pain-free root canal treatment in virtually one visit.
Experience and expertise of Dr. Dinesh’s Dental Team : Dr. Dinesh Sharma has a team of dedicated and experienced dental experts who treat root canals with over 95% success rate. Our holistic and preventive approach to treating a root canal results in happier patients. To date we have performed over 20,000 root successful root canal procedures.
Post-Operative Care: Dr. Dinesh and his team of dentists provide guidelines to protect your tooth from future infections. We advise our patients to set up regular dental checkup appointments to monitor the healing of the treated tooth. These appointments help catch any abnormality in its early stages, and allow timely treatment, saving your effort and cost in treating chronic conditions, later.
We encourage our patients to maintain oral hygiene, by brushing twice with a soft brush, flossing and rinsing the mouth every day; and avoid eating/chewing hard foods with the treated tooth.
Schedule An Appointment for Root Canal Treatment and Need a Consultation for Root Canal Treatment?
If you’re suffering from an infected pulp or a severe toothache, don’t put off your treatment. We advise you to attend to it immediately to prevent complications and save your natural tooth. Contact us today to learn more about root canal therapy or schedule a consultation.