Root Canal Treatment: Stopping Your Pain Today
What is Root Canal Treatment (RCT)?
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. When this becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. RCT aims to remove the inflammation, relieve pain and set the stage for restoring the tooth to its functional state.
Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?
Root canal treatment (RCT) becomes necessary when the tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to various factors like deep decay, trauma, or cracks. If left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissues, leading to abscesses, bone loss, and even regional infections. In such cases, RCT nips the problem at the bud within the tooth.
How is Root Canal Treatment performed?
RCT is a multi-step procedure that involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and filling them with a material to prevent future infections. The procedure is typically done under local anaesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort. After cleaning and shaping the canals, they are filled and sealed. Once RCT is completed, the tooth may now be restored with a crown if required.
What are the benefits of RCT?
One of the main benefits of RCT is that it effectively relieves severe pain caused by an infected or inflamed tooth pulp.
Alternative to extraction
Some patients may be medically compromised or be on medications that do not allow them to undergo extractions or implant placement. In others, there may be insufficient bone to support any meaningful replacement after an extraction. In such cases, RCT may be the best option to manage a tooth causing discomfort.
Signs and Symptoms That Indicate the Need for Root Canal Treatment
Here are some common signs and symptoms that indicate the need for root canal treatment:
- Severe toothache, especially when biting or applying pressure.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers even after the stimulus is removed.
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth.
- Discoloration of the tooth.
If you encounter any of these symptoms, an early diagnosis can offer a higher chance of success if root canal treatment is indicated.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Modern root canal treatment is relatively painless. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring you don’t feel pain during the procedure. After the surgery, some mild discomfort can be expected, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
The duration of a root canal treatment surgery varies based on the complexity of the case. On average, the procedure can take 1 to 2 hours. However, more complex cases might require additional visits for completion.
Yes, alternatives include tooth extraction and replacement.
Yes, you can typically resume normal activities right after the procedure. However, it’s advisable to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it’s fully restored.
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