WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT (RCT)?
The outer portion or Crown of a tooth is a three-layered structure namely – Enamel, Dentin & Pulp.
If the tooth decay is limited to the first two layers, it can be corrected with Filling or Restoration. In case the tooth decay reaches the third layer and causes inflammation or infection of pulp, a Root Canal Treatment (RCT) or Endodontic Treatment is needed.
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Root Canal Treatment (RCT) also is known as Endodontic Treatment is a procedure done when the tooth decay reaches the pulp (innermost layer of the tooth) causing inflammation. It is necessary to save the damaged tooth from extraction. This procedure is done by an Endodontist who is known as a Root Canal Specialist. The procedure involves:
- Removal of inflamed or infected tooth material
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Filling and sealing with an inert material
- Restoration and crown/cap
It is a multi-step procedure and may require multiple sittings.
Why does one need to Undergo Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is done on a damaged or infected tooth. Infection could be due to a cracked or broken tooth, deep decay, gum diseases or maybe due to repeated dental treatment on a particular tooth. It becomes extremely important to get the Root Canal Treatment as:
- It stops the infection from spreading and will then save the tooth from extraction
- RCT relieves the pain caused due to inflammation
- The most common symptom that one might need Root Canal Treatment is a toothache. The pain can range from mild to severe. With time it may worsen, and you will feel the pain even when you bite your food.
- The other reason is prolonged sensitivity. If you feel sensations in your tooth while consuming something hot or cold, then there is the slightest chance that one needs to undergo Root Canal Treatment.
- Swelling in the gums can also be a sign that you need Root Canal Treatment.
What are the consequences of not getting a Root Canal Treatment?
- If the pain you feel goes away, then it does not mean that your tooth had healed with time but this indicates that the nerves inside the tooth are all dead and the infection has grown manifolds.
- The bacteria from infection can enter into the tissues of gum and jaw which can cause a pus-filled abscess. This can even lead to a serious condition like heart disease and stroke.
What is the procedure for Root Canal Treatment?
The very first step involves an X-ray which is taken to determine the extent and approach to infection. If required local anesthesia is administered before starting the treatment.
The next step is Cavity Preparation. A cavity is prepared, making sure all the infected tooth material or previous filling material is removed and a proper approach to inner-part of the tooth (pulp) is established.
This is followed by disinfection and shaping of pulp canals. The infected pulp is cleared out completely, canals are shaped and cleaned. Thorough disinfection is achieved.
Clean and disinfected canals are then sealed and filled with an inert rubber-like filling material known as Gutta-Percha.
The very last step is restoration & crown. The crown portion of the tooth cavity is then restored with a filling, followed by a Cap/Crown cementation.
Post-treatment care for Root Canal Treatment
- Do not put pressure on the tooth. Since there is no crown, the tooth is unprotected as a result, putting pressure can cause damage to the tooth.
- Avoid hard and crunchy food, instead chew soft food until final restoration
- Be careful while brushing. Do not be too harsh while brushing
- Get a dental crown as soon as possible as this will protect your tooth from further damage
- Visit your Endodontist if you face any complexities or severe pain
Price of Root Canal Treatment (RCT) in India
The price of a root canal depends on the location and health of the afflicted tooth, as well as whether or not a crown is required. If the infection in your tooth is not treated, it might spread to adjacent teeth, gums, or even travel to other parts of your body, which will further become more expensive in the future.
At Clove Dental, our commitment is to provide dental care that’s both safe and affordable. When it comes to dental issues, the RCT or Root canal treatment cost can be a significant concern for many. Considering this concern, our RCT treatments, led by experienced Endodontists, start at a reasonable price of Rs. 4,490.
For those who require advanced RCT treatment, we also offer Re-Root canal treatments (also known as Re-RCT) to fit your needs. Our re-root canal treatment price is between Rs. 8,490 and Rs. 10,490. These treatments generally require modern tools, such as X-rays for high precision. For a top-tier Re-RCT using a rubber dam and using the latest equipment, it starts at just Rs. 10,490. It’s not all about the cost; it’s about ensuring every patient walks away with a happy smile, confident in the quality of our service.
Clove Dental also offers payment plans and EMIs on certain treatments along with offers. Click here to connect with us to know more.
* The final cost of the treatment may vary based on case to case.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.1. Is Root Canal Process Painful?
The main goal of a root canal treatment (RCT) is to relieve pain, not cause it. Modern techniques and local anesthesia make the process smooth and painless. So, there’s no need to fear or delay getting one if your Endodontist recommends it.
Q.2. How Long Does Root Canal Last For?
Most of the root canal treated teeth survive for 8 to 10 years. Having a crown fitted to the tooth after root canal treatment is important for improving tooth survival rates. If you keep your teeth clean, your treated tooth should survive for a long time.
Q.3. Do Root Canals Procedures Hurt A Lot?
About 90% of root-treated teeth last 8 to 10 years. Getting a crown after the treatment helps the tooth last longer. If you keep it clean, the treated tooth should last a while. Regular dental check-ups can catch any issues early. Taking care of your overall oral hygiene will also benefit the health of the treated tooth. So, brush, floss, and visit your dentist to ensure its longevity.
Q.4. How Long Does It Take To Heal?
Once the root canal treatment is completed, the treated tooth will heal within a few days. Patients might experience some pain once they awaken from anaesthesia; this is likely to end within a few days due to medication.
Q.5. Can One Get RCT Done In A Day?
Most root canal treatment can be successfully completed by a dentist in a single day. In certain cases of serious infection or back tooth, a dentist may give 2-3 days appointment for finishing the treatment.
Last reviewed by Clove Clinical Team on Oct 27, 2023 | Written by Dr. Akhilesh Bhasker
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