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Facts You Cannot Afford To Miss About Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment” (RCT) might just sound like some alien and scary word ,
anyways any treatment that includes the teeth usually scares us up to death.
So in this blog let’s just clear it out from the very basics . OFCOURSE! From the roots .

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment also known as endodontic therapy is a dental medical procedure
of treatment of the infected pulp of the tooth with an aim to eliminate infection and
protect decayed tooth from future microbial action.

In this process of the root canal treatment the patient is given anaesthesia for a painless
treatment , also a rubber dam is applied around the tooth to separate it from the other
part of the dental area. The dentist then drills the top of the tooth that is infected and
removes the pulp of the tooth that includes the damaged nerves , this clears out the
canals of the tooth when the canals are properly cleared then the dentist fills them with
permanent fillings which seals them and prevents any further damage. In many cases a
permanent crown is placed to protect the teeth and regain strength of the tooth.

When do you exactly know that you need a root canal treatment?

It’s often a notion that a root canal treatment is required only when there is a persistent
pain in the tooth, but often there is a chance that even if you don’t have pain you still
can need a RCT.
Therefore, in cases of a sensitive tooth, a discoloured tooth, a swollen gum, or a crack in
the tooth can definitely indicate symptoms of a damaged tooth and can mean that you
need a root canal treatment right away.

However , there are certain facts about the root canal treatment that definitely are not to be missed :

  1. Painless process : It’s usually a myth around RCT that it is a very painful process
    but in reality RCT is a pain relieving process. The local anaesthesia nubs the area
    and the patient doesn’t experience any pain in the procedure.
  2. Saves natural teeth : Our natural tooth provides much better functions and
    aesthetics than an artificial denture therefore the “Root Canal Treatment“ is
    designed to keep our natural set of teeth safe.
  3. Expensive : RCT’s are not very expensive in terms of pricing they are quite
    flexible.
    In the US, an RCT can range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more per tooth, whereas
    In India, it can range from ₹1,500 to ₹12,000 (around $18 to $145 USD) per tooth.
  4. Treatment Period : Thanks to the modern dental technologies that now the
    procedure can be completed in just one appointment , however depending on
    the complexity of the situation the number of days can vary from 1-3 days or
    more.
  5. Removal of tooth sensitivity: It is often said that tooth sensitivity remains even
    after the “Root Canal Treatment” but in reality the root canal treatment removes
    the sensitivity from the roots. In fact , sensitivity is one of the symptoms of the
    tooth that requires treatment.

Side effects of Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

RCT’s are very careful and safe procedures still it may be possible that in some cases
side effects can be seen , so the possible side effects of a root canal treatment are ;

  • Short term side effects : The short term side effects of a RCT are persistent pain
    and swelling .
  • Least common side effect : Infection, allergic reaction and nerve damage can be
    the least common side effects that can be possible after the procedure.
  • Long term side effects : Tooth fracture can account for a long term side effect
    during a RCT , however this can mostly occur only if the treated teeth is not
    protected with a crown.

These side effects affect only a few people , whereas many people experience minimal
or no pain but still if you experience any pain or discomfort after RCT then you must
visit your dentist.

However , Root Canal Treatment has been practised safely in dentistry for more than
100 years . Every year more than 15 million root canal procedures are performed
around the globe successfully. It’s a safer , simpler and much more sensible option to
save our teeth and safeguard your smile than to remove our natural teeth.

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