A root canal is a treatment done to save and repair a badly carious tooth. In this treatment, the dentist removes all the infected part of the carious tooth. The tooth is then disinfected and cleaned and then, filled with a material that will seal the tooth and prevent it from infection.
Common conditions in which your dentist will advice you RCT:
Deep cavity, fractured tooth, incorrect previous treatment of the tooth, etc.
Procedures which will be done during RCT:
RCT is done generally done in 2-3 sittings, but it might take a longer period to finish the procedure if the tooth is extensively infected.
The dentist might give you local anaesthesia to numb your tooth, so that you do not feel the discomfort while the tooth is being treated. The specialist then will be cleaning your teeth and the canals that contain nerves in tooth. The cleaning and disinfection is an important part of root canal treatment and so it might take an extra appointment for the dentist to clean the root canals completely. After cleaning the tooth is filled with a filling material that will seal the tooth and prevent it from infection any further.
The dentist might advice you a crown on the treated tooth, as the tooth after treatment loses its original strength. The crown provides the strength to the tooth. In some cases, only the permanent filling helps to restore the lost strength.
The treated tooth can last for lifetime if the proper hygiene of the tooth is maintained.
If left untreated, infection extends to the neighbouring teeth and weakens them as well. Pus starts building up in the bone leading to pain and swelling.
Precautions to be taken after root canal treatment:
- Proper hygiene maintainance of the teeth and oral cavity.
Brush twice daily and regular flossing.
Avoid chewing hard food from the side of teeth which is treated.
Avoid sticky chewing food from the side of the concerned tooth.