All you need to know about root canal treatment
What is root canal treatment, when it is needed, from where you can get your root canal treatment, is this option effective or worthy to choose? These are some questions that come to your mind when you hear this scary term and you are clueless about this treatment option. When your dentist advises you to have root canal treatment what should you expect? Quest dental is the best place to get your RCT done. Let me make it all clear to you so you can confidently choose your treatment option.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is removing the dental pulp (the cause of your pain) which involves debridement cleaning and shaping of root canals and then filling them with some inert material to prevent bacterial growth within the canals.
The main purpose of this treatment is to make your tooth senseless(dead) so you cannot feel any pain or sensitivity in that tooth.
The procedure of Root canal treatment
RCT is the multi-visit procedure. Usually, it is completed within 2-3 visits but the number of sittings will depend on the condition of your tooth.
First of all, the dental X-ray of the tooth in question is required to look for the condition of your tooth and to look for root morphology. Multiple X rays must be needed during the RCT procedure. After that, if RCT is advisable then the tooth is anesthetized and after that, the first step is opening your tooth which means that all of your caries is removed and the access cavity is prepared after that your root canals are located, the number of which varies depending upon the tooth.
After that, your dental pulp is removed and the canals are cleaned with copious irrigation.
Once you are pain-free and you feel no pain on percussion and your canals are dried and there is no seeping of fluids from your canals they are filled with Gutta-percha. This treatment is done by an Endodontist.
When the root canal treatment is indicated?
- When you have pain that gets worsen gradually and you don’t get relief by using medications.
- When you feel pressure, pain caused by food packing within the carious tooth.
- When you feel pain while biting.
- In case of sensitivity to hot and cold that doesn’t go away by removing the stimulus.
- When you feel that you have a pimple on your gums that comes and goes away very often.
- In the case of discoloration of the tooth caused by trauma or dead radicular pulp or root resorptions.
- If you have swelling of your face or draining sinus etc.
Why choose RCT over extractions.
If you have a tooth that can be preserved by RCT it is best to opt for that option than that of extraction of that teeth. Because extraction involves a surgical procedure to remove your tooth and there will be empty space after removing the teeth. Which you have to replace after some time otherwise your occlusion gets disturbed.
But RCT is a conservative procedure that doesn’t involve any surgery. There will be no space in your mouth. You will be able to eat anything without feeling any pain or sensitivity.
Is this option worthy to choose?
The answer is yes. There is no replacement of your natural tooth if you got the chance to preserve your tooth by RCT you must go for that option. It’s a bit costly but the overall expense of this procedure is far less than that of extraction and future replacement of that the removed tooth with an artificial one.