Articles on root canal

Painless, Single Visit, Automated Root Canal Treatment In Just 30 Minutes

Dr. Priya Prabhakar, Dentist
Why would I need a Root Canal Treatment?Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected.The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes:Deep decayRepeated dental procedures on the toothCrack or chip in the toothAn injury to a toothIf pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.What are the signs of needing Root Canal Treatment?Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, and discoloration of the tooth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.How does Root Canal Treatment save the tooth?The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, we will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.Salient Features of Automated Root Canal Treatment:Single VisitLess treatment timeLess discomfortBetter result than Manual RCTNo difference in treatment cost.Though the number of visits for the root canal treatment is decided by the clinical condition of the particular tooth involved, more than 90% of the cases can be done in single visit using Automated RCT.Automation makes it possible to complete the treatment in amazingly less time when compared to manual RCT and also provides an excellent outcome and less discomfort post operatively.How It Works:Specially designed Nickel Titanium instruments are used instead of conventional hand instruments made of stainless Steel. These instruments clean the root canal completely without damaging the roots.Advantage - AutomationAutomated root canal treatment is a boon for old people who prefer a safe and quicker treatment. Though the instruments are imported, the cost of the automated RCT is the same as that of manual RCT.

The Root Cause: How's and Why's of Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
Don’t let your teeth die out on you while you are alive. Go ahead in life with a bright smile and healthy teeth!Root for it!You have been sleepless the whole night with that horrible toothache. You visit one of the best dentists in Mumbai and she throws a bombshell on your head! It’s not just a cavity that requires a filling but it’s a root canal!Shivers up your spine?Relax, it’s not as bad as it seems. A root canal is a simple and painless procedure - at the centre of every tooth are soft thread-like tissues, which contain blood vessels and other connective tissue. The pulp is lodged at the centre of the tooth. It is through the blood vessels that the pulp receives nutrition. If left untreated, pus collects forming an abscess, which would then affect the adjoining teeth causing pain and destroying the bone surrounding the tooth. Root canal treatment will repair and save the tooth from further decay.Root Canal ProcedureRoot canal is the process removing the damaged and infected nerve/ pulp located inside the tooth. The treatment is performed under a local anesthetic ensuring that the procedure is painless. The remaining stub of the tooth is then covered with a cap. The cap is customized for optimum compatibility with the rest of the teeth.Causes of Pulp DamageThe pulp could get damaged in many ways. Some of the reasons are:Irritation, inflammation and infection of the tooth’s nerve and pulpA deep cavity with bacterial invasionEating something really hard like popcorn seeds, ice, or breaking nuts with your teeth can cause trauma to your teeth resulting in a cracked or chipped toothAny form of trauma like a blow on the face, or a fall can damage the pulp or the nerve of the tooth foreverSymptomsThe symptoms of a deep infection stem from trauma caused to the tooth. If you have the following symptoms, it sure is time to pay a visit to your dentist:Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or foodSwelling of the gumTooth discolorationTooth acheAcute PainChronic PainDiscomfort or pain on chewing from a particular side of the mouthCombination of the above mentioned symptomsPrecautions & Post CareDo follow these steps after a root canal. Some of these pointers can be incorporated to prevent cavities as well:Avoid eating hard crunchy foodBrush your teeth twice a dayFloss after every mealAvoid eating on the side where the root canal has been done – chew on the opposite side of the mouthRinse your mouth with salt and water for two daysAvoid drinking alcohol and smokingFollow any other instructions and medicines your doctor might prescribeIt is very important to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Early treatment of cavities helps in avoiding further tooth destruction. After all, prevention is better than cure. So avoid trying to crack the hard nuts with your teeth – the hammer will suffice!

Can a Root Canal Actually Be Painless? Shocking Facts Revealed

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
How scared are you of root canals? What if we tell you... You no longer need to be?Root canals are easily one of the most dreaded treatments in the world. I have seen patients compare the anxiety they feel before a root canal to things like open heart surgery and labour. The last thing you want to hear on a dental chair is the diagnosis that you need a root canal. The horror stories surrounding this dental treatment range from gruesome to excruciating.This article is an attempt to dispel the mystery and pain associated with root canals and show you how far we have come from the horrors to the sophistication of the latest technology.From Painful to PleasingWhat are root canals really ?In its simplest sense a root canal is a deep filling done by cleaning the infection from the third and innermost layer of the tooth which is made up of nerves and blood vessels.Our tooth is made up of 3 layers –the first 2 are hard and confined layers called enamel and dentin –when decay affects these it is very slow to spread and easy to remove and fill within one short session.The third layer may take 1-3 sessions to clean as the infection may have spread or collected in the supporting tooth structures.Why are root canals considered painful?The 3rd layer of our tooth is a nerve chamber containing soft nerves and blood vessels in communication with the rest of our body.This is the place that communicates pain to our brain and this is why when decay or bacteria hit this soft deeper layer we experience sharp shooting pain.Top 3 reasons why root canals used to be painfulImproper or inadequate anesthesia to numb the inflamed nerveMechanical instrumentation –to manually pull out the nerve which we now dissolve and clean with automated machinesLack of the right medications to use –within the tooth.What happens to root canal infections if left untreated ?If this pain is suppressed with medication and not treated it can lead to an infection spreading within the bone which may later lead to a swelling with pus etc.If this infection is left within it can eat into the supporting bone and eventually infect or affect the adjacent teeth as well. 

Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Ashish Vaish, Dentist
Now days Toothache is common problem....                                                                                                                                 By the Root canal treatment we can save your natural tooth as well as relief from toothache        Root Canal Treatment is the most commonly done procedure in a dental clinic. It is generally indicated when the nerves and blood vessels present in the soft and innermost portion of the tooth called as Pulp are affected or infected. The most common causes for it are deep cavities extending to the pulp, traumatic fracture of teeth leading to exposure of the pulp or abcess formation under teeth as a result of trauma, biteproblems or dental cavities.                   Signs you need Root canal treatment-                                                                                                                                            1-tooth become extra senstive to cold & hot                                                                                                                               2-pressure on tooth causes great pain                                                                                                                                             3-frequent tooth & gum pain                                                                                                                                                             4-A large,visible cavity compromises the intrgrity of the tooth                                                                                             5 -Pus drains in to your mouth                                                                                                                                                           6-There is foul taste or odor near the afficted tooth even after brusging                                                                           7- Any kind of fracture tooth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Rct / Root Canal Treatment Is Painless and Can Save Your Tooth

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
WHAT IS RCT?It is a procedure where a badly decayed or fractured or dead tooth is saved by removing its soft part (pulp) from the crown & the root of the tooth. Pulp is located in the core of the crown & root of the tooth. It is like mummifying a dead tooth to preserve it.WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS OF RCT?Decayed toothPainful toothNon-vital or dead toothTrauma exposing the pulpGrossly attrided toothIntentional RCTHOW RCT IS DONE?1. A Deep InfectionRoot canal treatment is needed when an injury ora large cavity exposes the tooth's pulp and the root becomes infected or inflamed.2. Route to reach the pulp of the tooth The dentist may numb the tooth if it is painful. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber.3. Removing the Infected/Inflamed Tissue Special files are used to clean the infection and unhealthy pulp is removed out of the canals. Then they shape the canals for the filling material. Irrigation is used to help clean the canals and remove debris.4. Filling the Canals The canals are filled with a permanent inert rubber material called gutta-percha cones. This helps to keep the canals free of infection or contamination & fills the dead space.5. Rebuilding the tooth A temporary filling material is placed on top of the gutta-percha to seal the opening. The filling remains until the tooth receives a permanent filling or a crown. A crown, sometimes called a cap is placed over the top of the tooth. It looks like a natural tooth.6. Extra Support In some cases, a post is placed into the root next to the gutta-percha. This gives the crown more support.7. The Crowning/capping of the root canal treated tooth To prevent the root canal treated tooth from fracture, an artificial hollow dental crown is constructed & cemented over it.WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF RCT OVER OTHER TREATMENT PROCEDURES?In case of deeply carious tooth the only treatment options are removal of tooth or the root canal treatment (RCT). However root canal treatment (RCT) is very conservative procedure which saves the natural tooth.Subsequently root canal treatment (RCT) prevents the bone loss and maintains the stability of the adjacent tooth.Most of the time the pain is related to the pulp tissue only and the procedure is more or less painless.As compared to other teeth replacement procedures after extraction, saving the natural tooth by root canal treatment (RCT) is quite cost effective & better option.

Why Did My Dentist Recommend a Root Canal?

Dr. Rajat Sachdeva, Dentist
Why Did My Dentist Recommend a Root Canal?Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and 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.A root canal is a procedure that is recommended by your dentist in order to repair & save a badly damaged or infected tooth. This procedure involves removal of inflamed or infected pulp, careful cleaning & disinfecting it & then filling & sealing it with a material called gutta percha. The causes that affect pulp are a deep cavity approaching pulp, repetitive trauma to the tooth, a cracked tooth, faulty restoration.A root canal is essentially a term that refers to the natural cavity that occurs within the core of a tooth. The nerve i.e. the pulp which is removed in the root canal treatment has no role in health & function of a tooth. It's only core function is to provide sensitivity towards hot & cold.Why is root canal treatment recommended?Pain: A toothache is the most common symptom of needing a root canal. The tooth may start to hurt spontaneously, in the middle of the night, or sometimes when the patient isn't even using the affected tooth to eat or drink. The pain can progress to a very severe generalised headache that may cause the person to even forget what initially caused the pain. If the tooth is dead and has become abscessed, the patient will feel pain when he or she chews food or puts pressure on the tooth.An Abscess:  may or may not produce swelling or bleeding around the tooth, and sometimes it causes significant swelling of the cheek, jaw, or throat. If this swelling is noticed, treatment needs are urgent.It is very important when feeling some pain around a tooth, to get a thorough examination with pulp vitality testing by a licensed dentist for a proper diagnosis.What to expect during a root canal procedure?X-ray: If a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take x-rays to be certain of decay location.Anaesthesia: Procedure is initiated with the administration of local anaesthesia to the affected tooth.Pulpectomy: an opening is made & the diseased tooth pulp is removed.Filling: The roots that have been opened to get rid of the diseased pulp are filled with gutta-percha material & sealed off with cement.Why Root Canal?Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:Efficient chewingNormal biting force and sensationNatural appearanceProtects other teeth from excessive wear or strainModern endodontic 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.

Root Canal Treatment: Myths vs Facts and Who Should Do It?

Dr. Sanket Sheth, Dentist
Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painfulTruth—Root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it.The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than patients who have not had root canal treatment.Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.Myth #2—Root canal treatment causes illnessThe myth: Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This false claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed nearly a century ago by Dr. Weston A. Price, at a time before medicine understood the causes of many diseases. In the 1920s, Dr. Price advocated tooth extraction—the most traumatic dental procedure—over endodontic treatment. This resulted in a frightening era of tooth extraction both for treatment of systemic disease and as a prophylactic measure against future illness. The truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a safe and effective procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. The presence of bacteria in teeth and the mouth has been an accepted fact for many years. But the presence of bacteria does not constitute "infection" and is not necessarily a threat to a person's health. Bacteria are present in the mouth and teeth at all times, even in teeth that have never had a cavity or other trauma. Research shows that the healthy immune system takes care of bacteria in a matter of minutes.Tooth extraction is a traumatic procedure and is known to cause a significantly higher incidence of bacteria entering the bloodstream; endodontic treatment confined to the root canal system produces much less trauma and a much lower incidence and magnitude of bacteria entering the blood stream.There is no adequate replacement for the natural tooth - it should be saved whenever possible. Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost effective way to treat infected teeth because it is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of an implant. In most cases, endodontic treatment allows patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.Myth #3—A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).Truth—Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontists and dentists worldwide enable patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.Why Choose an Endodontist (Root canal Specialist)?Endodontists (Root canal Specialists) are specialists in saving teeth, committed to helping you maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. They have at least two years of additional education to become experts in performing root canal treatment and diagnosing and treating tooth pain.If you are experiencing tooth pain, you can choose to see an endodontist. Learn more about dental symptoms and use the Find an Endodontist (Root canal Specialists) search engine to find a specialist near youYour general dentist may have referred you to an endodontist to assure you receive the highest quality care. Learn more about the treatments and procedures that may be discussed and how the endodontist partners with your general dentist

Root Canal Treatment During Pregnancy

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
Can pregnant women have root canal treatment?Women who are expecting can undergo root canal treatment. However, the timing of their treatment, and the way it is performed, may need to be altered in consideration for their pregnancy. In all cases, any woman who is pregnant, or even anticipates that she is, should advise her dentist of such before any type of dental treatment is begun.Issues that must be consideredHere are some of the issues that must be taken into consideration when root canal treatment is planned for a pregnant woman:The use of radiographs (x-rays).When utilizing modern radiographic technique, and standard radiation protection (including the use of a leaded apron and thyroid collar), the dental x-rays needed to perform root canal treatment should not place a patient's fetus at risk. However, it is likely that the dentist will strive to keep the number of x-rays taken to a minimum.Appointment length and number of visits.It may be difficult for a pregnant patient to remain physically comfortable while sitting in their dentist's dental chair. Instead of one relatively longer appointment, their root canal treatment may need to be divided up into two or more shorter visits.Treatment timing.In those situations where the patient is experiencing discomfort or has signs of an active infection, immediate attention may be required. In cases where urgency is less of an issue, the treating dentist may prefer to delay the patient's endodontic therapy until a particular trimester (typically the second), or wait until after their child has been delivered.The use of medications.A patient's pregnancy will influence the selection of medications used for their treatment.As an example, root canal treatment typically requires the use of a local anesthetic (the medicine that is used to "numb up" a tooth). A few different types of anesthetics have been approved by the FDA for use with pregnant women. And, in fact, they are typically found and routinely used in essentially all dental offices.RISK FACTORSA root canal is not really have a direct effect on the fetus during pregnancy. Although the film is necessary to examine the tooth, the radiation in question is minimal and x-rays are directed towards the mouth and not the abdomen. Other possible sources of risk associated with root canal treatment are: anesthesia. Dentists often use small amount of anesthesia to pregnant women. But if the dose is not sufficient to alleviate the pain of the patient, the dose may be increased gradually. As the tension of the dental procedure has a detrimental effect on the baby, additional anesthesia is preferable to allow the stress affects the baby. Or antibiotics. They are often prescribed by dentists to fight infection after dental procedure. However, they do not prescribe antibiotics that are safe for pregnant women.** How to be a safe treatment during pregnancy When your dentist recommends a root canal, be sure to let you know you are pregnant. This allows you to make the right decisions about how and processing time. Often the first quarter is the most crucial. This is when the fetus begins to develop. If there is no need to rush in treatment may be postponed until the second trimester or after delivery. However, if treatment should be done immediately, inform the dentist of your situation will help the process as safe as possible.

Root Canal Treatment Saves Tooth

Dr. Amit Berani, Dentist
Are you in immense need to treat your aching tooth? Has your endodontist suggested you root canal treatment for the same? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Dentists save millions of teeth by each year by endodontic treatment. Here is how root canal therapy can relieve your tooth pain and bring an attractive smile on your face.Eradicating Decayed PulpInside the tooth there is a soft tissue called the pulp which helps to grow the root of your tooth. Bust when your tooth is fully developed it can survive without the pulp. The tooth gets its nourishment by the tissues surrounding it. But when this pulp becomes inflamed or infected, root canal therapy comes into picture. Root canal deals with eradicating this decayed pulp from inside your tooth.What If Ignored?The pulp infection can be caused due to deep decay, faulty crowns or a crack in the tooth, repeated dental procedures etc. If pulp inflammation is left untreated, it can lead to dental abscess or unbearable pain.How To Save The Tooth?Endodontic treatment includes the removal of infected pulp. After cleaning and disinfecting your tooth a rubber-like material called gutta-percha is used to fill and seal the cavity in your tooth. At last this sealing is covered with a crown or filling for protection. Soon after this restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.Root canal therapy not only saves your tooth but also offers the following advantages: Efficient chewingNormal biting force and sensationNatural appearanceProtects other teeth from excessive wear or strain