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Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (RCT) is a dental procedure performed to treat infections or damage to the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth), which can occur due to decay, trauma, or other factors. Here’s what you can expect from the process of getting a root canal treatment:

Diagnosis: The process typically begins with a thorough examination by your dentist, who will assess the condition of the affected tooth and may take X-rays to determine the extent of the infection or damage.

Anesthesia: Before starting the root canal procedure, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. In some cases, they may also use a rubber dam to isolate the tooth and keep it dry during the procedure.

Access to the Pulp: Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will create an opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. This may involve removing a portion of the tooth’s crown (the visible part above the gumline).

Removal of Infected or Damaged Tissue: Using special instruments called files, your dentist will carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp tissue from inside the tooth and clean the root canals to remove any bacteria or debris.

Shaping and Disinfection: The root canals are then shaped using tiny files to create smooth, tapered channels that can be filled and sealed effectively. During this process, the canals are irrigated with antimicrobial solutions to disinfect them thoroughly.

Filling and Sealing: Once the root canals have been cleaned and shaped, they are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to prevent recontamination and provide support for the tooth’s structure. The opening in the crown is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling material.

Restoration: Depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth, your dentist may recommend placing a crown or other restoration to protect and strengthen the tooth after the root canal treatment. This helps restore the tooth’s function and appearance while preventing further damage.

Follow-Up Care: After completing the root canal treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. It’s important to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist and attend follow-up appointments to ensure that the tooth heals properly.

Overall, root canal treatment is a highly effective way to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to infection or damage to the pulp. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment can function normally for many years.

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