The Fundamentals for a Root Canal Therapy
RCT is one name that gives many patients shivers when told
about it. However, in reality, it is not that bad. Infact,
it is an instant pain reliever and the best treatment to retain
the original teeth. A Root canal treated tooth serves its
purpose and function just as a healthy tooth.
A root canal is a capillary, which runs from the base of the
root of the tooth to the middle of the crown (the visible
part of the tooth). The root canal carries the pulp (a network
of blood and nerve cells), which brings the tooth to life.
The nerve of the tooth gets damaged due to many reasons. One
of the main causes is cavity in the tooth that grows deeper
and touches the nerve. Since the cavity is filled with bacteria,
the root canal gets inflamed and causes pain. Other reasons
that may damage the teeth are accidental cracks or infection
from gums reaching to the base of roots. In such cases, root
canal treatments can easily stabilise the position.
There are two ways to get relief from the pain: perform the
root canal therapy, or pull the tooth, clean the gum below,
and replace the tooth with a denture or bridge. We advise
removing teeth as a last resort natural teeth are the ones
best suited for the mouth.
It's important to have root canal therapy done quickly. The
bacteria will travel down the canal to the root and into the
jawbone. If this happens, the pain of your toothache will
spread to your jaw. Even more important, the infection can
cause your jawbone to deteriorate and weaken the structure
that holds your teeth.
The best way to avoid root canals is to take good daily care
of your teeth to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria.
Brushing and flossing are important. Just as important are
regular trips to the dentist, to check for the first sign
of decay or cracks that could eventually lead to an infected
tooth. In this case, an ounce of prevention really is worth
a pound of cure!
Dental Health : Symptoms of Endodontic Disease
Common Symptoms requiring an RCT :
Severe tooth pain, typically relieved by cold water and increases
with the intake of hot liquids.
Pain worsens when you lie down and reduces when you sit up.
Pain stays for a long time after consuming cold things.
Swelling around the tooth.
Constant tooth pain
Pain when chewing.
Tooth pain referred to head and ears as well.
Tooth sensitivity on consuming sweets.
you have any of the above stated symptoms, it would be advisable
that you visit your dentist, since he is the best person to
judge whether you have a root canal disease or not, as some
of these symptoms may be due to other problems as well.
May Endodontic Disease Cause Swelling?
When the pulp tissue becomes severely diseased and necrotic,
the resultant infection can spread from inside the tooth into
the adjacent bone and soft tissues. As a result, swelling
can occur in the tissues immediately surrounding the tooth.
If this situation is not treated and the disease process is
not kept under control by the body's defences, the infection
can begin to spread into other tissue spaces, such as those
around the eye or in the neck. In some situations, this can
become a serious medical emergency.
an Endodontically Failing Tooth Be Retreated?
Even when pain and/or swelling is present, the majority of
treated teeth can be successfully retreated in today's world
of clinical possibility. By using scientific information gathered
from research and clinical studies, clinicians have developed
better endodontic concepts, materials, and techniques. Additionally,
there are now better-trained general dentists and specialists
alike. All of these factors translate into improved care for
patients. The significant technological breakthroughs that
benefit both doctors and patients in endodontic retreatment
glasses, fibre optic lighting sources, headlamps, have
ignificantly improved vision and hence elevated treatment
devices allow doctors to more efficiently and completely
remove old root canal filling materials and other intra-canal
obstructions so that teeth may be successfully retreated.
digital radiography technology allows the doctor to
better diagnose, visualize, and treat root canal disease.
Additionally, this technology significantly reduces
radiation exposure to the patient.
instruments, better materials for filling and repairing
canals, and innovative new technologies have all contributed
to significantly improved retreatment success.
well-trained general dentists and specialists alike can oftentimes
perform non-surgical endodontic retreatment in a very predictable,
cost-effective, and time saving manner when compared to other
treatment alternatives. At times, however, retreatment cannot
be managed with non-surgical efforts alone. In these situations,
and as an alternative to extraction, a surgical approach may