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Myths Concerning Root Canal And Its Treatment

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The dental aspect of one’s health is neglected by several individuals until they experience toothache. Most people would go for regular checkups to the physician but not the dentist. Root canal is a treatment which is used to treat an infected tooth. There are several misconceptions that surround this treatment, especially those concerning the pain experienced. In this article a few of the myths concerning root canal treatment are addressed:

  • Root Canal is a painful treatment- Remember the treatment is meant to relieve your pain not cause it. The modern technology and usage of anaesthetics have made root canal as comfortable as getting filling placed in the teeth. The toothache caused maybe due damaged tooth tissues which is removed with the root canal treatment and relieves pain.
  • Root Canal causes illness- Several internet websites support the false information that a root canal treatment on an infected tooth would not prevent it from contributing to recurrent illness or disease in one’s body. However the truth is that there is no documented proof of this theory. The recent studies prove that dental treatment must be considered part of one’s health condition.
  • Extracting the tooth better alternative- It is claimed that extraction is better that getting a root canal treatment. One must realise that preserving the natural teeth is the best option. Extraction would only create a void in the mouth and not contribute to the function of teeth. Also nothing will ever completely replace the natural tooth; even artificial tooth would have limitations and require proper maintenance as well as care. It may also require one to avoid certain type of food products. Most dentists would recommend root canal treatment to that of extraction.

Other Hassles

Endodontic treatment proves to be cost effective and healthy option which treats the tooth having damaged pulp. This is even less expensive when compared to extraction or placement of implants and bridge. The root canal treatment in pune has also shown a high rate of success. Several teeth treated in this fashion have lasted for lifetime. The placement of bridge or implant would demand more treatment time while requiring procedures to the adjacent teeth or supporting tissues.

Millions of teeth are treated successfully across the world. And it helps the patients chew as efficiently as with undamaged teeth. This also helps in maintaint the natural order of one’s smile and aids one to enjoy various foods without any restrictions. One must also remember that there stands no replacement for what the nature has provided.

Some Facts to know

Root Canal treatment at pune is readily available for the patients. One may easily book an appointment and generally one sitting is enough for the entire procedure. With the advancement in technology dental care has become easily accessible to the general public. There are also several medical insurance policies which provide dental cover as part of their reimbursement schemes. There has also been a growing awareness about dental health due media attention and increased health concerns of the population.

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Root canal treatment:

When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth.

What is root canal?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop.

When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.

How is a root canal treatment done?

  1. The dentist gives you a local anesthetic (freezing).
  2. To protect your tooth from bacteria in your saliva during the treatment, the dentist places a rubber dam around the tooth being treated.
  3. The dentist makes an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp.
  4. Using very fine dental instruments, the dentist removes the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system.
  5. After the canal has been cleaned, the dentist fills and seals the canal.
  6. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.

Tooth restoration after root canal treatment

After a root canal treatment, your tooth has to be restored (fixed) to look, feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible. If an endodontist performed your root canal treatment, he or she will fill the opening of the tooth with a temporary filling and send you back to your dentist or prosthodontist for tooth restoration.

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who restores and replaces teeth using crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. Your dentist or specialist may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. The choice of restoration will depend on the strength of the part of the tooth that’s left. A back tooth will likely need a crown because chewing puts a great deal of force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.

What else should I know?

Root canal treatment may be done in 1 or 2 appointments. After root canal treatment, your tooth may be tender for the first week or two. Bad pain or swelling are NOT common. If this happens, call your dentist or endodontic.

You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage. With proper care and regular dental visits, the tooth could last as long as your other teeth. Most of the time, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can be saved. However, there are cases where everything possible has been done to save a tooth and still the tooth must be extracted (pulled).

Root canal retreatment

Most root canal treatments are successful. But in some rare cases, a second root canal treatment is needed. This is called retreatment. When retreating a tooth, the root canal filling material is taken out, and the canal is recleaned, reshaped and refilled.

Root canal surgery

Sometimes root canal surgery is needed when a regular root canal treatment cannot be done or when it has not worked. Surgery is done to:

  • Check the end of the root for fractures (cracks).
  • Remove parts of the root that could not be cleaned during regular root canal treatment.
  • Clear up an infection that did not heal after regular treatment.

To help you do a successful root canal a treatment is given by Dr. Nitin Oswal (MDS) and Dr. Krupali Oswal(MDS) at Oswal Dental and Oral Surgery clinic, 164, M.G. Road, 1st floor, behind Talwalkar’s Gym, Camp, Pune- 411001.