Root Canal Treatment, often known as RCT, has evolved into a reasonably easy and pain-free treatment that often only requires one or two visits to an endodontist, due to advancein technology and equipment.
If a Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is indicated, you should expect a step-by-step guidance.
• Recurrentor repeated abscess on gums
• Prolonged sensitivity
• Severe pain radiation from jaw to ear and head
• Dull pain on chewing
• Darkening of tooth
• Deep decay on the tooth
• Difficulty or pain while chewing food
• Cracked or broken tooth
STEP 1 - Anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding gums. You might feel a pinch when the needle is injected for a moment. When the tooth is numb, a small sheet of dental dam is placed to keep the tooth dry during the procedure.
STEP 2 - An opening is made on the crown of the tooth either with a dentist drill or hard tissue laser. Once the opening is made, the damaged nerve inside the tooth is removed with the help of an antimicrobial solution or laserto eliminate and reduce the risk of further infection.
STEP 3 – Once the complete roots are dried and cleaned, the endodontist will fill it with a rubber like material called gutta-percha and seal it with a permanent filling.
STEP 4 - After few weeks, the dentist finishes the treatment by placing a permanent crown (metal free or metal ceramic) or a similar type of filling. Depending upon the condition of natural tooth a small supporting post or a screw can be placed inside the root chamber to make crown more stable.
Dr. Vinisha Pandey makes sure you enjoy a pain-free Root Canal Treatment so that you can enjoy healthy delicious options without waiting for a long time.
Initially until your mouth is numb we recommend soft foods to avoid irritation and allow your mouth to recover.
You may include food in your diet like :
• Eggs, Milkshakes, Porridge, Cornflakes with warm milk
• Chapati with vegetables and dal
• Curd with chapati
• Rice with dal and vegetables
• Boiled potatoes
• Mixed vegetable porridge
• Soft bread slices
There are 2 easy rules of thumb to boost your recovery
• Avoid hard and sticky foods like dry nuts, jams, jellies, candies, chocolates and cookies.
• Avoid overly hot and cold food and drinks that might irritate the sensitive areas.
• Brush regularly twice a day, once in the morning after you wake up and at night before going to bed.
• Use warm water and salt rinses as a regular procedure for a week to reduce the discomfort on the treated area.
• Keep the root canal treated tooth or teeth clean. Follow-up visits are important.
• Use of powered toothbrush and water flosser is recommended.
• Your dentist will prescribe over the counter medications for a few days in case you have any symptoms.