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Root Canal Treatment

 

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal or Endodontic treatment deals with the diseases of the pulp. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and other soft tissues. It is made up of a pulp chamber and one or more Root Canals. When the pulp is irreversibly damaged, it has to be removed so that the source of pain and / or infection can be eliminated after which the hollow pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed.

 

In advanced tooth decay, the pulp may be irreversibly damaged, leading to severe toothache. The removal of the pulp will eliminate the pain as well as the infection. Trauma and gum disease can also cause pupal disease, leading eventually to non-vital (dead) pulp.

 

Root Canal Treatment is generally done under local anesthesia. Hence, the patient is absolutely comfortable during the treatment. The patient may experience mild discomfort for a few days after the treatment. In 2% cases there might be severe pain and / or a swelling after the Root Canal Treatment, Which generally subsides within a day or two.

 

Although the pulp has been removed, an endodontically treated tooth can still be used for biting and chewing just like any other normal tooth. However, a Root Canal Treated tooth may be slightly more brittle than a normal tooth. A proper restoration (Crown) and good oral care are essential to ensure that the tooth will be able to serve you

 

Common Symptoms requiring an RCT:

  • Severe tooth pain, typically relieved by cold water and increases with the intake of hot liquids.
  • Pain worsens when you lie down and reduces when you sit up.
  • Pain stays for a long time after consuming cold things.
  • Swelling around the tooth.
  • Constant tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing.
  • Tooth pain referred to head and ears as well.
  • Tooth sensitivity on consuming sweets.

 

If you have any of the above stated symptoms, it would be advisable that you visit your dentist, since he is the best person to judge whether you have a root canal disease or not, as some of these symptoms may be due to other problems as well.

 

USE OF LASER IN ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment  is currently performed using a combination of hand and rotary instruments to remove the soft tissue, clean the root canal space and shape the space to receive the obturating material. This makes the treatment very comfortable without any pain or discomfort..We  use dental lasers to disinfect the canals and to take care of any chronic infections if present.

 

ADVANTAGES OF USING LASER FOR RCT

  • Lasers can reduce the quantity of microorganisms
  • Laser energy can remove the smear layer as well as dentin from the canal walland will melt and resolidify the dentin to close the tubular openings.
  • The laser also may aid in welding tooth-like materials to the resolidified walls, resulting in denser root canal packing.
  • They reduce the pain involved

 

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