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There's no need to be worried if our Root canal specialist (Endodontist) prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. A root canal is a pain free treatment. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.
"Endo" is the Greek word for "inside" and "odont" is Greek for "tooth." Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment which aims to save your tooth.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root Canals (short for Root Canal Treatments) are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience dental pain, swelling and even tooth loss unless treated.
Root Canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth ( cracked tooth or chipped tooth) and infected root due to severe decay or deep decay. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The portion of the tooth that remains is usually restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
A modern root canal treatment (endodontic 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, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. At Therapeuo getting a root canal is a painless treatment and is extremely effective. You'll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
Note : However, in some severe cases multiple sittings might be required.
You could be a candidate for a root canal therapy if tooth decay (deep cavity or severe decay) or damage (cracked tooth) has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. Root canals are needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice dental pain from sensitivity in their teeth, particularly hot and cold sensations or if their gums become swollen and tender with presence of a swelling.
A Root Canal could also be the right pain free treatment for you. We always prefer to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible thereby saving your tooth instead of extracting it.
No. Local anaesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals painfree procedures that are as comfortable as getting a standard tooth coloured filling. At Therapeuo it is usually a single sitting pain free procedure. There is no dental pain that will be felt by you during the root canal therapy.
The root canal specialist (endodontist) examines and takes a radiograph of the tooth using x-rays, then administers local anesthetic. This is to ensure pain free treatment. After the tooth root is numb, the endodontist places a small protective rubber sheet called a "dental dam" over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the root canal procedure.
The endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very tiny instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape the space for filling. At Therapeuo our root canal specialist uses motorized instruments thereby ensuring quick and efficient cleaning allowing us to perform single visit root canal procedures.
After space is cleaned and shaped, the endodontist fills the root canals with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by our restorative dentist before the tooth is restored.
After the final visit with our root canal specialist (endodontist), you must return to have a crown or other restoration placed by our restorative dentist, on the tooth to protect and restore it to full chewing function.
If the tooth lacks sufficient structure to hold the restoration in place, our prosthodontist (tooth cap specialist) may place a post inside the tooth. Following this your tooth will be ready to receive a cap and restore it to normal function.
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by our prosthodontist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should visit us for a full restoration (crown or onlay) as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups and cleanings (dental scalings).
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure (Re-root canal therapy) can save the tooth.
The cost varies depending on how complex the problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars (the teeth present at the back of the mouth used for chewing) are more difficult to treat; the fee is usually more. The usual cost at Therapeuo is Rs 7,000 that could go up to Rs 8,500 depending on the complexity of the case and whether it is a re-root canal procedure or a fresh one.
Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
The alternative is to have the tooth out (extracted). Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction and a dental implant (artificial tooth root), it is usually best to keep as much of the natural tooth as possible.
It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal, potentially causing sensitivity for the first several days following treatment. You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth. However, normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration with a core and crown is complete.
Once the pulp in your tooth is infected, the only other alternative to Root Canal Therapy is having the tooth removed (extracted). This is absolutely discouraged at Therapeuo! We prefer preserving your natural tooth as much as possible. Removing one tooth can cause your other teeth to shift. This could change your bite and the quality of your smile!