If you’re about to have your first root canal treatment, you might be feeling pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. Millions of teeth are treated and saved with root canal treatment.
So let’s start by dispelling a common myth: Root canal treatment really does relieve pain, not cause it — and saves teeth!
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. In most of the dental clinics in Delhi, including ‘Smile Delhi-The Dental Clinic‘, 90 percent of the cases are done in one sitting. Dentist in Delhi especially the root canal specialists/ endodontists are using the latest technique with rotary instruments. This makes the procedure quick and more efficient. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Root Canal Treatment is the procedure done to preserve the infected tooth. Root canal treatment eliminates the diseased and dead pulp tissue and disinfects the pulp chamber. This is not painful; the area is numb and the tissue being removed is either dead or dying. Once the pulp, along with the nerves contained in it, is removed, the tooth itself can no longer feel pain. This helps to retain and protect the teeth in its natural form, thereby stopping the spread, formation of further infection and eventual spreading of the infection to the surrounding tissues.
A tooth is made up of two parts. The crown is the top part of the tooth that’s visible in the mouth. The root extends into the bone of the jaw, anchoring the tooth in position.
Teeth also consist of: enamel (the hard outer coating), dentin (the hard layer that supports the enamel and forms most of the tooth), cementum (a hard material that coats the root’s surface), dental pulp (the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development)
A space inside the tooth called the pulp chamber houses the root canal system and pulp — the living tissue that keeps the tooth vital (alive). The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development and during childhood, creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth as it helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
The root canal system extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the root. A single tooth can have more than one root canal.
Root canal treatment, is needed when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth.
Dentist in India and dentist in Delhi, do a good job of explaining to the patients the various reasons of pulp damage, before starting the root canal.
Any of these issues if left untreated can result in acute inflammation of the pulp, which causes swelling and pressure inside the tooth (that has nowhere to go), leading to tooth pain and, eventually, irreversible damage to the pulp.
The symptoms of a pulp infection include:
As the infection progresses, these symptoms often disappear as the pulp dies. The pulp will begin to die if it’s infected by bacteria, allowing the bacteria to then multiply and spread. Once the pulp dies, the pain may subside initially, your tooth then appears to have healed, but the infection has in fact spread through the root canal system but sometimes to return as an acute (painful) infection spreading into the periapical tissues, particularly the bone. It could also become a chronic (long-standing) infection with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.
Further symptoms eventually occur, such as:
It’s important to see your dentist if you develop toothache. If your tooth is infected, the pulp can’t heal by itself.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
How root canal treatment is performed?
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria need to be removed. This can be done by either:
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back, the treatment can sometimes be repeated.
What happens if the tooth is left untreated?
If left untreated it leads to the formation of an abscess, which is the collection of pus as a result of the multiplying bacteria, and it pushes beyond the root tips. As the abscess expands within the bone, the tooth rises slightly out of its socket making it feel tender when you bite down. Without treatment, this infection can further spread to the surrounding tissues and nerves resulting in
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Dentist in Delhi, especially in reputed dental clinics use modern techniques and anesthetics, so most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with prescription medications. In the dental clinics in Delhi, dentists give clear instructions to their patients post treatment. Once these instructions are followed properly, patients are quite comfortable.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your dentist.
Recovering from root canal treatment
It’s important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment.
After your final treatment, your restored tooth shouldn’t be painful, although it may feel sensitive for a few days.
In most cases it’s possible to prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:
What are the indications for a root canal treatment?
Which are the true contraindications for a root canal treatment?
Generally speaking, whatever the cause of root canal or pulpal disease, root canal treatment will be necessary to save the tooth.
Leaving the infected tooth in your mouth may make it worse. There may also be less chance of the root canal treatment working if the infection within your tooth becomes established.
Root canal treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limit the need for ongoing dental work. If you continue to care for your teeth and gums in a proper way, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime. However, regular check-ups are necessary. In many dental clinic in Delhi the patients are given a six monthly reminder for a clean and check-up.
Posted By – Dr. Shriya