Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, simply means treating the “inside of the tooth”. Beneath the hard enamel, our Teeth have a soft core called the dental pulp. Deep decay, Cracks, or Injury can lead to bacteria entering and damaging the pulp.
RCT helps remove bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent extraction of the tooth and alleviate pain. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed allowing you to eat the food you love and maintain your natural smile.
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If left untreated, the infection in the tooth can cause various other issues like
– Swelling of the face, neck or head
– The infection may penetrate deeper down and lead to Bone loss
– A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage inward into the gums or outward into the cheek and eventually into the skin leading to various issues.
Signs That a Root Canal Therapy Is Needed
While the first symptom is most often severe pain, other signs include:
- Extreme Tooth sensitivity that lingers
- Acute pain on chewing food
- Swollen or painful gums
- Darkened gums
A root canal is usually done by an endodontist or a general dentist and can require one or two visits depending on the complexity of the tooth decay.
Step 1 – A dental X-rays to check the extent of tooth damage and check for signs of any infection in surrounding bones. The treatment begins with a local anesthesia to control pain.
Step 2 – Using dental instruments, an opening is made by drilling the tooth. The decay and infection are removed through the opening by scraping the sides of the root canal.
Step 3 – Once flushed and cleaned, the root canals are reshaped and fully disinfected before filling.
Step 4 – Rubber like material called as Gutta- Percha is used to fill the canals and securely sealed.
Step 5 – The final step involves restoration and protection of the tooth by placing a crown which avoids it from breaking or any damage.
At Summirow Dental, our expert team of dentists completely closely monitor, check and scan the area before placing the crown for complete patient satisfaction.
Post Treatment Care
Simple precautions after treatment can go a long way and help restore your treated tooth to last a lifetime.
- Wait for numbness to wear off before you eat anything.
- Refrain eating any hard food until the crown is fixed.
- Don’t wait too long to fix the crown after treatment.
- Brush and floss daily to avoid any infection.