Root Canal Treatment
What is Root Canal Treatment? Why is a Root Canal Treatment is required?
In simple words, Root Canal Treatment is the process of saving the tooth and eliminating toothache by removing infected soft tissue within the affected tooth and replacing it with an artificial inert “filling” material.
RCT is required in cases when the infection in a tooth penetrates till the nerve inside the tooth. In Root Canal Treatment (RCT) the dentist opens up the tooth so that the dentist can access the Root Canal or the chamber which houses the nerve and then cleans or removes the nerve so that the tooth becomes non-vital or without the nerve. It is very essential to ensure that the cleaning of the root canal is done with a lot of diligence since even a small amount of infected material if not cleaned may cause the infection to relapse.
After completing the cleaning of the root canal, the root canal is then filled with a rubber based material called Gutta Percha. Gutta Percha is used for filling the root canal during the root canal treatment because it is a material which is bio-compatible. The process of filling the root canal with the Gutta Percha is called obturation. After the filling part of the root canal treatment, the tooth has to be crowned or capped.
Root Canal Procedure
It is a dental technique in which contaminated nerve is expelled, cleaned and loaded up with an elastic-like dormant material. The success of this treatment relies upon the procedure and exactness in which the canals are cleaned and filled.
This precision can be acquired by the utilization of cutting-edge filling material which is Thermoplastic and addresses the cleft and even the minor spaces in the Canal and furthermore the additional channels guaranteeing there would not be any infection again.
How much time does it take for a Root Canal Treatment?
Most dentists perform the Root Canal Treatment over 2 to 3 sessions and use 2 to 3 sessions for the crown or the cap. However, experienced dentists who are experts in Root Canal Treatments & Endodontists can do most root canals as single sitting root canal treatments. Single Sitting Root Canal Treatments are completed in just one sitting and hence very comfortable for the patient.
When would you need a Root Canal?
· Persistent toothache.
· Tooth decay or deep cavities.
· Broken tooth / discolored teeth.
· Swollen gum near the tooth.
· Tooth hurts when you bite down on it, touch it or push it.
· Tender gums or teeth.
· An untreated cavity leading to pulp infection.
Is Root canal painful after?
Pain after the root canal is normal since it is a major procedure. A root canal is carried out by deep cleaning inside the canals (the inner chamber of the root) of your tooth, which is why “it is normal to experience mild to moderate pain for a few days after root canal”
What is cost for Root Canal treatment?
Root Canal cost varies greatly. One of the main factors that affect cost is a location of the tooth that needs to be treated and the severity of your infection.
A root canal treatment costs in the range of Rs. 2000/- to Rs.10,000/- depending on the dentist who is treating since the cost of the root canal treatment varies from dentist to dentist. The crown or the cap can be of different types. Depending on the type of crown that is selected by the dentist who performs the root canal treatment, the cost of the treatment would be changing. A simple metal crown can cost anything between Rs.1000/- to Rs.5,000 depending on the clinic and the dentist. A PFM crown would cost between Rs.3,000/- to Rs. 7,000/- and a Zirconia Crown costs between Rs.8,000/- to Rs. 20,000/-
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Why is a Crown or Cap required after the Root Canal Treatment?
Since in Root Canal Treatment, a large part of the tooth’s original structure is removed or cut, it has to be reinforced with a Cap or Crown. The dentist cuts the tooth structure after completion of the root canal treatment to form a seat for the cap or the crown. The tooth structure is removed with a drill bit called a Bur. It is a painless process since the tooth is now non-vital due to the cleaning of the nerve in the root canal treatment.
What are the different types of Crowns of Caps that are available after the Root Canal Treatment?
The patient can choose the type of crown that he or she wants after the root canal treatment. There are different types of crowns depending on the material that is used for making the crown. The most common crown that is used is a Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM). A PFM crown is one of the cheapest alternatives after metal crown but it looks similar to the natural tooth due to the white color of the porcelain coating on the metal tooth structure. However, Zirconia crowns are best suited in most cases since zirconia has the best aesthetics as well as strength combination which will be the perfect replacement for the natural tooth. A root canal treatment with a Zirconia Cap on top of it is the perfect solution for a patient who is diagnosed with a cavity that requires a root canal treatment.
Who is the best dentist for Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment is a very basic treatment for any dentist. Most dentists can do the root canal treatment very easily and effectively. However, there are Root Canal Treatment specialists who are called endodontists who are specialists in performing Root Canal Treatments. These are also available at all SabkaDentist Clinics. They visit the SabkaDentist Clinics when a patient wants to get a Root Canal Specialist to do the treatment for him/her.