Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment or RCT is known as Endodontic treatment. It is a dental procedure to treat illness occurring at the soft central core of the tooth, called ‘Dental pulp’.

Procedure detail

In RCT, the infected tooth pulp is removed and the infected inside areas are sealed and filled. It prevents the further infection of pulp which saves the tooth
Root Canal

Why is it needed?

Usually, RCT is done to treat tooth infection known as ‘pulpits’, and prevent further tooth decay. Conditions for RCT are:
  • Severe toothache while biting or chewing
  • The sensitivity of tooth to cold and heat
  • Discoloration and swelling near the tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • X-ray shows infected tooth

Facts and figures

Risk and Complications

  • Injury or inflammation to adjacent teeth structure
  • Reaction to medicines
  • Continued pain and numbness
  • Reaction to local anesthesia

Preoperative Preparation

  • Visit the dentist to know about pre and post-procedure
  • Inform regarding allergies and smoking/alcohol habits. Quit smoking
  • Tooth x-rays
  • Know about medicines allowed or not allowed before the procedure
  • Ask help from friends or family or other caregiver post-procedure

Post operative care

  • The patient might feel numbness around mouth, cheeks, and lips immediately after the procedure, which would subside in 3-4 hours. Till then, the patient should avoid chewing
  • Temporary crown or filling is placed in RCT tooth
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Dos, Don’ts and Precautions

If a small portion of temporary filling breaks or wears away, do not worry
Rinse with salt water 3 times every day to control the swelling and pain
Take the medicines prescribed punctually
Avoid chewy and hard foods
Floss and brush regularly