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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Dental crown is necessary to restore the strength of the tooth after Root Canal Treatment. Tooth decay once progresses in to the pulp, the tooth becomes infected and weak; to protect the tooth from getting fractured, dental crown is a must.
Tooth decay if treated in the early stages and restored with tooth filling, it is not a dental emergency. But if tooth decay is left untreated, may lead to abscess, fractures and sometimes tooth loss as well. So, immediate attention to tooth decay by filling or RCT treatment can save your tooth.
Root Canal Treatment is performed to relieve tooth pain caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anaesthetics in usage, root canal treatment is painless when performed by an experienced Endodontist otherwise root canal specialist.