Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment In Seawoods, Navi Mumbai
Root Canal Treatment is a medical term used for a procedure in which the ‘Nerve’ in the roots of the tooth is removed completely because there is infection or swelling in it.
You must be wondering how the nerves present within the solid tooth get infected? The nerves get infected when there is decay in the tooth which if not taken care of in the primary stage, progresses further leaving the nerves exposed, which are then infected by bacteria. The nerves can also get infected due to trauma, or fracture in the tooth or even when tooth is weak due to gum disease.
The infection to nerves causes pain, sensitivity to hot and cold food, swelling and in some cases, there is foul discharge. The only option in such a situation is to remove the nerves and restore the tooth structure with cement and a dental cap.
If you properly brush twice a day, then there will not be any caries and you would never have to go for root canal treatment unless there is an accidental injury.
Root Canal Treatment at Ivory dental clinic in Seawoods, Nerul is done by a root canal specialist with all modern equipment.
If you stay in Navi Mumbai and suffer from severe pain due to carious tooth, then you may require RCT, which can be decided only when you visit a nearby dentist in Navi Mumbai.
Why does a tooth need to undergo a root canal treatment?>
The outer portion or crown of a tooth is a three-layered structure namely –
● Outer Enamel
● Middle Dentin
● Inner Pulp
The inner pulp has the blood vessels and nerves and when decay is not arrested, it affects the outer enamel, middle dentin and finally reaches the inner pulp. If the tooth decay is limited to the first two layers, it can be
corrected with Filling/ Restoration. In case the tooth decay reaches the third layer (Inner Pulp) and causes inflammation or infection of the pulp, a Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic Treatment is needed.
Root Canal Treatment is done on a damaged or infected tooth. An infection could be due to a cracked or broken tooth, deep decay, gum diseases or may be due to repeated dental treatment on a particular tooth. It becomes extremely important to get the Root Canal Treatment as:
● It stops the infection from spreading and will then save the tooth from extraction.
● RCT relieves the pain caused due to inflammation.
● The most common symptom that one might need Root Canal Treatment is a toothache. The pain can range from mild to severe. With time it may worsen, and you will feel the pain even 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.
What happens if you avoid a Root Canal Treatment?
If the pain in your tooth has subsided, it does not mean that your tooth has healed, but in fact the nerves inside the tooth are dead to cause any pain. The infection however has grown manifold.
The infection from the bacteria can cause further infection to the tissues of the gums and jaws and can in turn cause pus-filled abscess.
Procedure for Root Canal
Your dentist will take an X-ray to check the extent of the infection. After seeing the X-ray the dentist will suggest if a root canal treatment can be done on the tooth or it needs to be extracted. Before the root canal treatment local anaesthesia is administered to relive you of any pain and discomfort.
The tooth is cleaned of all debris, prior material filling if any, and infection and a better way is established to the inner pulp.
The inner pulp is cleaned, totally disinfected, and the canals are shaped.
The clean and disinfected canals are then sealed with a rubber like material called Gutta-Percha.
It usually takes 3-5 days to seal the canals permanently on a case-to-case basis. During this phase, your dentist would place a calcium-based medicine to control any inflammation and heal and restore. Finally, the canal is sealed with rubber-based cones. These cones are safe and do not react or melt with saliva
or blood or other consumables.
The last step is strengthening the weak tooth with a crown or cap. After the filling, the crown acts as a total Défense towards restoration and long life of the tooth.
Important post-operative instructions and home care after a Root Canal Treatment
Your dentist will guide you to follow the following post-operative instructions-
● 1. Do not chew on any food, do not drink hot fluids, till your anesthesia wears off. This might take 1-3 hours.
● 2. There are chances that the temporary crown might crack or come off, there is no reason to panic, just reach out to your dentist. While the temporary crown is on, avoid eating hard food or chewing sticky foods
as it might lead to fracture.
● 3. Do not bite your lips, cheek or tongue till your anesthesia wears off.
● 4. Apply ice on the side, from the outside where the root canal was done. Wrap the ice in a towel or put them in a plastic bag and apply for 10 minutes every half hour.
● 5. To reduce the pain, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Take a spoonful of salt in a cup full of warm water rinse, swish and spit after every meal.
● 6. You might feel slight pain and discomfort on biting for a few days, this usually subsides in 15 days. There is nothing to be alarmed about.
● 7. Continue any medication as prescribed by the doctor. In case antibiotics are prescribed, continue taking them till the length of time prescribed, even if you are not facing any signs of pain and discomfort.
● 8. Report to the clinic if there is unbearable pain or swelling.
● 9. Continue to brush and floss regularly at least twice daily two minutes each time. A clean mouth heals better and faster.
● 10. Some portion of temporary filling may detach from the tooth which is treated during brushing and eating, but do not worry in case this happens, the tooth is very well protected inside.
● 11. Apply REXIDIN M FORTE on the area of the injection site if painful, or if an ulcer or boil appears.
● 12. Please note that it is important to complete your root canal treatment with a permanent filling and a cap/crown as soon as possible. Otherwise it may lead to complications.
● 13. If your bite seems uneven or there is a severe pain or any other question, you can reach out to your dentist.
Frequently asked questions about Root Canal Treatment
1. Can an infected tooth heal by itself?
No, an infected tooth cannot heal itself. The infection can spread to other areas of your jaw causing serious pain. Treating an infected tooth requires medications or root canal treatment. For getting an RCT, book your
appointment with us at Ivory Dental Clinic.
2. Does a root canal procedure hurt?
No, a root canal treatment is pain-free. Before proceeding with the root canal treatment, a dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the infected area ensuring a painless treatment. Usually patients might experience some pain as the anesthesia starts to wear off.
3. How long does it take for a tooth to heal after a root canal?
Once the root canal treatment is completed, the treated tooth will heal within a few days. Patients might experience some pain once the anaesthesia subsides. The pain is likely to end within a few days with medication.
4. Can one get a RCT done in one sitting?
Most root canal treatment can be completed by our root canal specialist in a single day. In certain cases of serious infection or a back tooth, we may need 2-3 days appointment for finishing the treatment.
5.Is throbbing pain normal after a root canal treatment?
Yes. Post root canal treatment, you can experience throbbing pain and discomfort. As the area around the tooth heals, there is soreness and discomfort. It is therefore normal to experience pain.
6.Is a dental cap or a crown necessary after a root canal?
A tooth in the process of a root canal has lost a chunk of its original form and what is left, is to be restored. The dentist shapes the tooth to form a seat for placing the dental cap. The dental caps or crowns are used on the restored teeth for making them strong and to give them a proper shape. This is a
7.Post a root canal treatment, what are the different types of crowns for teeth?
There different kinds of crowns classified based on the material used, strength and aesthetics.
● Porcelain Fused Metal Crown
Porcelain fused metal crown also known as a PFM crown is a cheaper alternative as compared to a full ceramic crown. It is also visibly appealing due to its white colour as compared to a metallic colour of metal caps but they
arenot as strong as zirconia caps.
Zirconia seems to be a perfect cap or crown solution post a root canal because of its strength and aesthetic combination.
9.How much should the root canal and crown cost?
Root canal treatment can cost different in individual cases. However, we have classified some parameters based on which we can determine a cost.
The parameters are –
● Level of damage:
The dental x-ray will give a clear indication of the extent to which the tooth is damaged. This would also differ in the treatment fees.
● Experience of the doctor
A young and novice dentist treating a root canal vis-a-via a highly experienced dentist will certainly differ significantly and so will their consulting fee.
● Dental X-Rays and consultation charges:
The cost of dental x-rays might vary from clinic to clinic. Based on your dental x rays and the experience of the dentist, the consultation fee also varies.
● Dental cap or crown cost
Dental crowns and caps might be priced differently for different materials and techniques used to fabricate them. Our dentist will give you all the options and their recommendation so that you can make an informed decision which range of crowns to choose.
● Location of the Tooth (Front or Back tooth):
The front teeth have 1 or 2 roots, as compared 3 or more roots to in the back. Therefore, the position of the tooth being worked on, will also significantly differ the fees.
10.What are the alternatives to a Root Canal treatment?
An infected tooth can be restored partially with a root canal. However, in some cases, the tooth can be extracted and supplanted either an extension or an embed or a fractional dental replacement. All these options are costlier as compared to a root canal treatment as well as require support on the adjoining
teeth and tissues, need extra treatments and time. Root canal treatment is therefore the right decision.
11.Who is the best dentist in Navi Mumbai for root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments are basic treatments carried out by every dentist. But a Root Canal specialist is called an Endodontist who especially performs complex root canal procedures.
If you are looking for Root Canal Treatment in Seawoods, do get in touch with us at 9029068111. We have Root canal specialists and a team of dental professionals for different dental consulting and treatments.