Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that repairs badly damaged infected tooth. The “Root canal” word comes from cleaning of canals inside the tooth’s root. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth and replacing it with an artificial inert called as root canal filling.The common cause that affects the pulp are cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.

What to Expect During a ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

If you think you need a root canal, consult the dentist. Several steps occur over a few dentist visits.

  1. X-ray – if a dentist informs that you may need a root canal, they will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
  2. Anesthesia – local anesthesia will be injected near the are of affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief of “root canal treatment is painful”, a root canal treatment at Sabka dentist is no more painful than a filling.
  3. Pulpectomy – an opening is made inside the infected tooth and the diseased pulp is removed.
  4. Filling – the roots opened are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.

Expert's Opinions

  • Dr. Zita Antao Dental Director of Sabka dentist says "Root canal helps the tooth look and perform normally. Many patients hesitate to take treatment. But if you don’t get the root canal treatment the tooth eventually falls out."
  • Dr. Jena Shah BDS, Dental Director for Audit and Compliance at Sabka Dentist says "Root canal save your tooth structure and a crown will strengthen the structure."
  • Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist advises "keeping the teeth clean as the large cavity damages the tooth structure."

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Root canal treatment is required in cases when the infection enters the nerve of the tooth. In Root Canal Treatment the dentist opens up the tooth so that they can access the Root Canal which houses the nerve and then cleans or removes the nerve so that the tooth becomes lifeless without the nerve. It is very important to ensure that the cleaning of the root canal is done with a lot of diligence and focus, as a small amount of infected material if not cleaned may cause the infection to relapse. The dentist has to take the work of root canal treatment vigorously.

After completing the cleaning of the infected tooth, the root canal is then filled with a rubber-based material called Gutta Percha. Gutta Percha is used for filling the root canal of the infected tooth during the root canal treatment because it is a material which is bio-compatible. This process of filling the root canal with the Gutta Percha is called obturation. After the filling part of the root canal treatment is done, the tooth has to be crowned or capped.

When would you need a Root Canal treatment?

  • Persistent toothache.
  • Tooth decay or deep cavities.
  • Broken tooth / discolored teeth.
  • Swollen gum near the tooth.
  • Tooth hurts when you bite down on it, touch it or push it.
  • Tender gums or teeth.
  • An untreated cavity leading to pulp infection.

Visit Sabka dentist to get rid of such diseases by experiencing the root canal treatment.

Is Root canal painful after?

Pain after the root canal is normal for a few days. A root canal is carried out by deep cleaning inside the canals of your tooth, which is why it is normal to experience mild to moderate pain for a few days after root canal

Remedies to follow after the root canal treatment-

Once the Root canal treatment is done there are a few things to follow and they are:

  • Avoid eating hard food for a few days.
  • Try eating soft food like ice-cream, soups and fruit juices
  • Start brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Start reducing the amount of sugary food in your daily diet.

Do I need a Crown or Cap required after the Root Canal Treatment?

Since in Root Canal Treatment, a large part of the tooth’s original structure is removed or cut, it has to be reinforced with a Cap or Crown. The dentist cuts the tooth structure after completion of the root canal treatment to form a seat for the cap or the crown. The tooth structure is removed with a drill bit called a Bur. It is a painless process since the tooth is now non-vital due to the cleaning of the nerve in the root canal treatment.

What are the different types of Crowns of Caps that are available after the Root Canal Treatment?

The patient can choose the type of crown that he or she wants after the root canal treatment. There are different types of crowns depending on the material that is used for making the crown. The most common crown that is used is a Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM). A PFM crown is one of the cheapest alternatives after metal crown but it looks similar to the natural tooth due to the white color of the porcelain coating on the metal tooth structure. However, Zirconia crowns are best suited in most cases since zirconia has the best aesthetics as well as strength combination which will be the perfect replacement for the natural tooth. A root canal treatment with a Zirconia Cap on top of it is the perfect solution for a patient who is diagnosed with a cavity that requires a root canal treatment.

Who is the best dentist for Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment is a very basic treatment for any dentist to do. Most dentists can do the root canal treatment easily and effectively. However, there are Root Canal Treatment specialists who are called endodontists (specialists in performing Root Canal Treatments). These are also available at all Sabka Dentist Clinics in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and surat. Root canal specialists visit the Sabka Dentist Clinics when a patient wants to get a Root Canal Treatment. For more details contact Sabka Dentist.

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A confident Healthcare Professional with over 8 years’ experience successfully diagnoses & treats patients’ dental conditions. Skilled in Endodontics, Implantology, Healthcare, and Surgery, a confident communicator who can relate well to dental patients. Having a proven ability to ensure that dental practices in surgery are continuously updated to provide first-rate care to patients and their families.
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