FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)
Is a root canal painful?
RCT’s are performed to relieve the pain of tooth caused by inflammation or infection. With use of modern rotary techniques and Apex locators, most patients today report improved comfort levels during and after the procedure.
I am worried about series of X – rays taken during RCT’s?
X-rays or IOPA radiographs are essential diagnostic and treatment tools for your Endodontist. However, with the introduction of Digital RVG s in our clinics the exposure is reduced to bare minimum. The digital images also have advantage of long storage, optimization tools, can be reproduced in print.
What about pain after RCT?
Modern root canal therapy should be no different than a routine filling. If you have come with a toothache you should understand it takes a little time to heal. Occasionally some tenderness might be there in gums of teeth which would subside in few days.
Will my root canal treated teeth need special care or any additional treatment after RCT?
We advise you not to chew anything hard on the treated site as unrestored tooth is susceptible for fracture. Secondly, a full restoration of tooth usually in form of crown or bridge may be required to reinforce the tooth structure and enhance function, integrity.
How long will my root canal last?
There are of course no guarantees for any treatment owing to dynamic nature of human body and disease processes. However, with the use of latest equipment and LASER s at our clinics we can ensure a high degree of success rate. Further, follow up appointments should not be missed to evaluate your root canal treated teeth periodically once in 6 months – a year.
In cases of compromised tooth structure or extensive damage to supporting tissues like gums or bone we may recommend surgical procedures like Apicoectomy and would also apprise you of the clinical success rate.
Are there alternatives to RCT?
For some patients with failed RCT’s or repeated chronic infections, we would recommend Re RCT followed by frequent follow ups to restore the tooth to function and health. Endodontic Surgery may be recommended if needed. However, it is always recommended to avoid extraction of tooth and undergo RCT to retain the natural tooth. Remember a natural tooth always functions the best compared to an extraction and prostheses. Clinically if prognosis is poor an Implant might be recommended.