Endodontics/Root Canal Treatment
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Who is an Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a specialized dentist with an expertise in protecting and maintaining teeth through the endodontic therapy. Endodontic therapy involves lots of procedures within the soft inner tissue of the teeth. These tissues are known as pulp. The word “endodontic” has been derived from two different Greek words “endo” meaning inside and “odont”, referring to tooth. Although all dentists receive good training in this therapy, however only some are able to deal with extremely difficult cases. They are known as Endodontists.
Apart from dental schooling, the Endodontist go for advanced education, for two or more years, to gain deep insight into the treatment. They study the root canal processes in details and get in-depth knowledge and practical experience, as compared to the regular dentists.
What is Conservative Dentistry?
Conservative Dentistry is a specific branch of dentistry, which deals with conserving the teeth inside the mouth. In this, Endodontics or operative dentistry is more common in practice. It involves diverse direct and indirect restorations of individual teeth in the mouth.
Root Canal Treatment
Why is RCT important?
RCT, acronym for Root Canal Treatment, is a treatment done to the inside of teeth. RCT is mandatory when the pulp gets infected or inflamed. Pulp infection or inflammation can happen due to various causes: faulty crowns, multiple dental procedures on tooth, deep decay, or a crack in the tooth. Often, if tooth suffers trauma, its pulp can get potentially damaged, without leaving any trace of visible cracks and chips. The best solution is therefore to opt for RCT. Here are the most common reasons for its growing importance:
- First of all, RCT saves the natural tooth and gives a natural appearance. It gives a permanent solution and heals infected or inflamed pulp, in less time.
- If RCT is avoided, dental conditions worsen, and people face problems while biting, chewing and sometimes even talking.
- Post-RCT, teeth functions improve. Efficient chewing, biting force, and sensation become normal.
- RCT also protects teeth and prevents it from excessive wear or stain.
Why should patients go to a RCT specialist, instead of general dentist?
The Endodontists are expert dentists in conducting root canal and other complex dental procedures. Normal dentists have proficient idea in overall dental problems and concerns. However, the RCT specialists or Endodontists have advanced level knowledge and understanding of complex dental issues. They possess the qualifications and expertise to cure patients, of acute dental disorders. Besides these basic reasons, patients must always look for RCT experts, for the following reasons:
- Experience: With additional two or more years of specialized training, the RCT specialists have more experience, compared to general dentists. Compared to a normal dentist, who can do only two to three root canals a week, the RCT dentists are capable of handling 25 RCT per week; which comes from their massive exposure and experience.
- Efficiency: Experience also enhances efficiency. Since the RCT specialists are only limited to performing endodontic treatments; therefore they are far more efficient and their treatment is effective. Also, healing process is faster and there is less recovery time, with the touch of Endodontists.
- Availability: Endodontists are available round-the-corner and even in weekends. They always give a positive response, during emergency circumstances. As a result, there is less delay in treatments, and through their fast action, patients get relief quickly.
- Advanced Technology: While performing any complex dental procedure, the Endodontist use latest machines, devices and technology. With state-of-the-art equipment like fiber optics, digital imaging, microscopes, and ultrasonic instrumentation; the dentists enhance the standard of treatments and provide more convenience and comfort to the patients.
Q1. Does it hurt?
A. No. Usually, a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. There may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time.
Q2. What does it involve?
A. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed, and any abscesses can be drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
Q3. How tooth look like after treatment?
A. In the past, a root-filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
Q4. What if it happens again?
A. Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back, the treatment can sometimes be repeated.
Q5. What if the treatment is not carried out?
A. The alternative is to have the tooth out. 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 to have the tooth out, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Q6. Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
A. Yes. However, as a dead tooth is more brittle, it may be necessary to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Q7. What about aftercare?
A. Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist as often as they recommend for regular check-ups.