WHAT IS ROOT CANAL?
The root canal treatment procedure, also known as endodontic treatment, is a common procedure in modern dentistry that is used to remove inflamed or infected tissue from inside a tooth. Beneath the enamel and dentin layer of teeth, a type of soft tissue referred to as pulp is found inside each tooth.
The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and it is essential for the growth and development of a tooth. A root canal treatment involves the removal of pulp that is infected or inflamed. The pulp chamber and root canal are completely cleaned out and refilled to protect the area from further damage.
SYMPTOMS OF RCT:
- Tooth pain that doesn’t go away.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth discolouration
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Pain when pressure is applied.
- Loose tooth
MYTH 1: WHETHER RCT WILL BE PAINFUL?
That may have been the case decades ago, but with modern technology and anaesthetics, you won’t experience any more pain than if you went to have a cavity filled. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when an endodontist removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment.
MYTH 2: PULLING A TOOTH IS BETTER
Extraction should be considered as the last option as saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages like efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation and helps you to maintain your natural smile.
MYTH 3: WHETHER RCT PROCEDURE IS LONG AND INVOLVED PROCESS?
These days RCT can be done in single appointment provided there is no severe infection. It all depends on the tooth condition and its anatomy.
MYTH 4: WHETHER RCT CAUSES OTHER ILLNES?
There is no valid scientific evidence that connects RCT with other illnesses in this century at least. The myth has been dispelled long ago by the advent of modern technologies and medicines that have successfully removed any kind of complications associated with an RCT procedure.
MYTH 5: THERE SHOULD BE NO PAIN AFTER RCT
The patient will feel better in a significant way after the procedure. Sometimes, there is slight pain after the treatment. Painkillers are there for your help. Antibiotics can be given if there is infection.
MYTH 6: RCT IS THE PROCESS OF REMOVAL TOOTH’S ROOTS
The whole point of root canal therapy is to try to save a tooth, not to remove it. The nerve tissue and pulp are removed along to ensure all the bacteria have been removed.
MYTH 7: AFTER I GET THE ROOT CANAL, I WON’T HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE DENTIST FOR A WHILE
Once you have received root canal therapy, you will need to make follow-up appointments to have a permanent filling or crown put on the tooth. A dental crown is the final step in a root canal treatment. It takes care of the exterior of the tooth after the root canal treatment has taken care of the inside. Once in 6 months patient should report back to dentist for review.
Blog By Dr Sanjana Devi
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