What is RCT ?
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the badly damaged infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth, and save the natural tooth. In this treatment, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed and the internal of the root is cleaned properly. A modern root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments.
When does someone needs Root Canal Treatment ?
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Severe pain
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Difficulty chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling & drainage of the gums
- Tenderness in the lymph nodes
What is the procedure of Root Canal Treatment ?
Step 1 – The first step starts with taking an x-ray to determine the extent and approach to infection.
Step 2 – After the diagnosis of infection, the dentist prepares for the treatment. The treatment starts with making the area surrounding your teeth numb using anaesthesia.
Step 3 – To keep the area free of saliva, the dentist place a rubber dam around the tooth.
Step 4 – The dentist will then use a drill in order to access the center of the tooth.
Step 5 – The infected pulp is cleared out completely, canals are shaped and cleaned. Thorough disinfection is achieved.
Step 6 – Clean and disinfected canals are then sealed and filled with an inert rubber-like filling material known as Gutta-Percha.
Step 7 – Finally, once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned it is sealed.
Post Treatment care for Root canal Treatment ?
- Avoid chewing or biting from the treated tooth as putting pressure can cause damage to the tooth
- Avoid hard or crunchy food and prefer soft food
- Brush gently and avoid harsh brushing
- Brush and floss daily as you normally would to keep the area clean and avoid infection
- Get a dental crown to avoid any damage
- Visit your dentist in suspicion of any pain