Root Canal Treatment in Mumbai
What are root canal treatments?
Root canal treatment saves your teeth! “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. One of the most common endodontic treatments is root canal treatment. Teeth are composed of a hard structure surrounding a soft, living tissue called the pulp (also called the “nerve”). The pulp contains blood vessels, fibers and nerves. Endodontics (sometimes called “root canal treatment”) is the diagnosis and treatment of inflamed or diseased pulps.
What are the symptoms of a root canal problem?
Some of the symptoms of a root canal problem include prolonged toothache when you have a hot or cold drink, unprovoked toothache, pain with chewing and pain when you lie down. A pair of sharp eyes, thorough clinical examination, an accurate electronic tooth vitality checker, and a clear radiograph are some of the criteria needed for an accurate diagnosis.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is usually carried out when there is a diseased pulp (inflammation or infection) in a tooth. The procedure is undertaken to retain the tooth that would otherwise require an extraction. The endodontist (root canal specialist) will remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the inside of the root canal, then fill and seal the space.
Why does the pulp become inflamed or diseased?
The main causes of pulp disease include tooth decay, previous treatment of tooth decay (e.g. deep fillings and crowns), cracked tooth and advanced gum disease.
Root Canal Treatment
Local anesthetic will then be administered at the site of the tooth to be treated. An opening will be made in the top of the tooth and the pulp will be cleaned from the root canals and the pulp chamber. The space will also be sterilized and shaped for filling. Biocompatible material will then be used to fill the root canal to prevent bacteria from entering the space. Adhesive cement is placed to seal the root canals completely. A temporary filling will be used prior to the restoration of the tooth (e.g. using a crown)
Restoration of the Tooth
After the endodontist or dentist is satisfied with the results of the root canal treatment, the dentist or prosthodontist will then place a foundation build up, then a crown or other restoration will be placed on the root-canal-treated tooth to restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to look, feel and function like any other tooth.
How much time before the whole process is completed?
The root canal treatment can be completed in one or rarely two office visits. The crown preparation and cementation takes two office visits (usually one week apart, as the crown needs to be custom-made by the dental laboratory). A temporary filling or temporary crown will be placed on the root canal-treated tooth while awaiting final restorative treatment.
When will I be able to resume daily activities?
Patient can immediately resume regular activities with no restrictions. All our patients can resume normal daily activities on the same day. However, you should be careful not to chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist like us in Ghatkopar for a full restoration as soon as possible.
Will I be in pain?
Most root canal procedures in Mumbai are performed to relieve the toothache due to inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp. Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anesthesia so most patients do not experience discomfort during the procedure.For the first few days after treatment, in rare cases, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with prescription medications. Please follow our endodontist’s or dentist’s instructions carefully.
Is there anything needed for the tooth after the root canal treatment?
Yes. To restore the missing or broken parts of the tooth, a foundation build-up is needed. Most teeth would require a crown to regain structural integrity and protect the remaining tooth structure after the root canal treatment is completed.
How long will the effect last?
Most root canal-treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Further treatment (e.g. root end surgery) may be necessary. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased for months or even years after successful treatment usually due to new decay and/or leakage problems. Often when this occurs, re-doing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth. Our clinic is at Ghatkopar
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