Endodontics is one of the specialized fields of dentistry that deals primarily with dental pulp, nerves, and root tissues. People are usually familiar with the most common endodontic treatment process, i.e., root canal treatment (a.k.a.endodontic therapy, endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy). Other endodontic treatments include the treatment of cracked and fractured teeth.

What is Root Canal Treatment (RCT)? 

RCT is a treatment method to maintain and protect extremely decayed and infectious teeth. This treatment is a conservative techniqueto protect your teeth so that the tooth does not decay and there is no need for implants or bridges. RCT is a term used to describe a natural cavity at the center of the tooth that lies beneath the hard pulp tissue or the pulp chamber. The pulp is a soft tissue area that is located within the root canal and is composed of connective cells and tissues.

How is RCTcarried out?

RCT involves removing the infected dental pulp and blocking the root canal. Local anesthesia is generally used for this treatment. Many modern techniques have limited the discomforts and problems that have been associated with root canal treatment in the past.

Am I a candidate for RCT?

Dental cracks, trauma, and caries can sometimes lead totoothinfection and sensitivity, thus requiring root canal treatment. During the RCT process, the neural and pulp tissue is removed, and the inside of the root is cleaned. Failure to treat the tissue around the tooth can lead to an infected tooth and an abscess.Although there are sometimes no symptoms, the first sign of a root canal infection is a pain. Some signs and symptoms of a root infection include:

·         Extreme toothache when chewing and squeezing

·         Long-term sensitivity to cold and heat (pain persists after cold or heat is removed)

·         Tooth discoloration

·         Inflammation and swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth

·         Long-term drainage on the gums

Depending on the symptoms and required examinations, RCT will be carried out for you if needed.

How painful is RCT?

Although theRCT process can be painful, most patients say that the treatment process itself is no longer than a toothache.

After treatment (post-treatment period)

After your treatment process is complete, the final stage of treatment is probably tooth restoration. Since the tooth that requiresRCT is a tooth that has had a previous deep filling, extensive caries, or is a weak tooth, the tooth needs post, coating,reconstruction, and other restorations to protect the tooth. To protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, the restorative dentistry restores the tooth and returns it to its previous function. Since the clinic has several specialists working together, this treatment process will work. Maintain good oral hygiene and regularly visit your doctor to protect your new and restoredteeth.

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