Root Canal Treatment

A patient needs a root canal treatment when he/she has a toothache and infection gets into the central part of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are.

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Number of Visits: 2
Completion Time: 60 - 90 minutes
Recovery Period: NA

What is Root Canal (RCT)?

Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a common dental procedure that is performed to treat a tooth that has become infected or is causing pain. During the procedure, the dentist removes the infected pulp from inside the tooth and replaces it with a filling material. This helps to prevent further infection and save the tooth from extraction.

7 Common Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

1. A hole, chip, or crack in tooth
2. Extreme pain that wakes you up in the night
3. Significant toothache/ pain while chewing, or pain when putting pressure on the tooth.
4. Extreme sensitivity or pain in teeth when exposed to either hot or cold food/drink that lasts beyond the food/ drink removal
5. Dark or discolored tooth
6. Tenderness or swelling of the gum area surrounding the tooth
7. Additional swelling around your face and/or neck

When is RCT necessary?

RCT is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to an injury or decay that has reached the nerve.

Delaying root canal treatment can increase the risk of the infection spreading to other teeth or even to other parts of the body. This can lead to more extensive dental issues and overall health complications.

The longer the infection persists, the greater the likelihood of irreversible damage, potentially resulting in the need for tooth extraction or more invasive dental procedures in the future.

Process

endodontist microscope for RCT
Radiograph X-Rays will be needed before, during and after the treatment. Sometimes the canals are very narrow and complex. These teeth can only be cleaned adequately using a surgical microscope where the whole tooth is magnified.

The dentist will even show you on the TV the cracks, fractures and the canals properly. Usually a crown is highly recommended after a root canal treatment.

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FAQ

Is RCT painful?

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The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and is virtually painless. You may experience some discomfort and sensitivity after the procedure, but this will subside quickly.

How long does RCT take?

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The procedure can take one or two visits, depending on the severity of the infection.

What factors affect the cost of RCT?

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Several factors affect the cost of RCT, such as the dentist's experience, the complexity of the procedure. Two of our dentists use surgical microscopes to do RCT if the root canal structure is very narrow, curved or complex.

Do I need a crown after RCT?

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A crown is highly recommended after RCT to protect and strengthen the tooth. A crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth to guard it from further damage like cracking or reinfection.

How can I take care of my teeth after RCT?

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Proper post-RCT care, such as avoiding hard and sticky foods, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist regularly, is essential for the longevity of the crown and the overall health of your teeth.

What are the potential risks and complications of RCT?

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Root canal treatment is a common and effective dental procedure, there are potential risk sand complications associated with it like discoloration, reinfection, tooth cracking, and other complications. However the benefits of RCT may far outweigh the potential risks. It depends on your oral conditions, so please consult our root canal dentists for getting professional dental advice.

With the right precautions and care, these risks can be minimized. It's important to seek treatment from a qualified specialist, who has the experience and skills to mitigate these risks. So, while it is natural to be concerned, rest assured that the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the potential risks.

If you're experiencing dental pain/toothache or suspect an infection, don't hesitate to contact our clinic to schedule a dentist appointment with our skilled dentists. We will assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

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