Root Canal Treatment – A simple guide about treatment and steps



Let’s see something about restorative dentistry……. so what is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. As a dentist, our goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.Here we are going to see the importance of RCT as many people we see in our day to day clinical practice who hesitate to do root canal treatment and thus results in losing their teeth.

Our teeth have three layers:-

  1. Enamel
  2. Dentin
  3. Pulp

Dental Caries starts as a blackish discolouration either on the occlusal surface or on sides of the tooth. If you have a small cavity on your teeth, it will not be painful. If you didn’t treat it, it will spread to your dentin layer(second layer of the tooth) thus causing sensitivity and if you didn’t treat at that time also caries will spread to your pulp tissue thus causing severe pain.

The main fact is that you won’t be aware of your tooth decay till it becomes painful but the greatest truth is that if your tooth becomes painful, especially if you have night pain, the only way to save your teeth in that condition is to do a Root Canal Treatment, ordinary fillings can’t make It . If you didn’t treat your teeth at that time also you have to go for extraction of that teeth thus results in tooth loss.
Some believe that root canal treatment causes eye problems, headaches etc. Don’t believe such things as the nerve supply and blood supply of teeth are different.

So here comes the importance of RCT (Root Canal Treatment).RCT is a dental procedure to completely remove and clean (debride) the inflamed/infected pulp from the root canal system of the tooth and fill (obturate) it with a material called gutta-purcha, thus helping to prevent its recontamination.

STEPS INVOLVED IN RCT (Root Canal Treatment)
Step 1
Injection of L.A to the tooth to be treated.
Step 2
Access opening: A small opening on the crown of the tooth is made to remove the infected pulp from the pulp chamber and the root canal. This is done using instruments called endodontic files and then, the pulp chamber is irrigated with root canal irrigants.
Step 3
Obturation: After cleaning and shaping, a three-dimensional filling of the entire root canal system (obturation) is done using an obturating material, such as Gutta-purcha to achieve a fluid-tight seal at the apical foramen and complete obliteration of the root canal.

Nowadays, an RCT can be completed in a single visit. But it may take two or more visits, depending on the extent of infection of the tooth and supporting tissues.
If we treat our tooth at the beginning itself, we can avoid further treatments, but if you are in a condition that you should do an RCT for your severely damaged teeth never hesitate to do it. Save your natural tooth as far as possible to avoid further problems.

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