Root canal treatment is required when the blood or the nerve supply (Known as the pulp) of the tooth gets infected, mostly due to the external decay of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth runs in the form of a fine canal system in the roots of the tooth. Infection of the pulp can lead to further infection of the surrounding areas / tissue of the tooth.
Infected pulp is not repairable by the body on its own thus requiring its removal by the doctor. This removal is followed by replacing the site previously occupied by the pulp, with a suitable filling material.
Its a myth that RCT is painful & gives discomfort in the form of swelling, now in recent advances, RCT is simple, safe, absolutely painless, Faster, accurate and precise can be done in single sitting two, thus saving the original tooth, accurate & precise.
RCT is beneficial & has an following advantages.
Normal biting forces & sensation
Maintaining healthy hard (bone) and soft (gum) tissues around the natural tooth.
How much time does a Root Canal Treatment require?
Root canal treatments if done in a single sitting require about 20 to 30 minutes. At times root canals treatments may require more than one sitting, in which case each sitting would span about 20 minutes and require about up to three such sitting.
Is it necessary to Cap / Crown a Root Canal Treated tooth?
Root canal treated tooth can become slightly brittle over a period of time, which in the long run can cause them to break. A cap / crown helps to strengthen the existing tooth structure after the root canal treatment and provide a long functional life to the tooth. With modern materials and techniques, it is now possible to get aesthetic crowns which are in complete harmony with other teeth present and perfectly match the shade of the surrounding tooth structures.
Retreatment of root canals:
Retreatment of previously done root canal treatments that have failed is now possible. Retreatment is a super specialized job that requires utmost care and precision from the Endodontist’s end. It involves the removal of old root canal filling material that has degraded, which later has to be replaced by new filling material. Retreatment can result in saving a tooth that would need an extraction.