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Root canal procedures, or endodontics, is a treatment for the inner pulp of the tooth. They are performed to save teeth from extraction. The dentist or endodontist, a root canal specialist, cleans out the decayed or damaged pulp without breaking the exterior of the tooth root. The cleaned root canal is filled with a bio-compatible rubber-like material called gutta-percha. They are also performed for patients with damaged teeth caused by accidents or fractures. The procedure takes one to two hours to complete.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?

First step is to open the pulp chamber to allow access to the canals. Once open, with help of special instruments known as files the infected nerves is removed. The canals are flushed with antiseptic solution. The root canals are further cleaned & reshaped to free them of all debris. Once the canals are empty dry & clean, they are filled and sealed with biocompatible material known as Gutta Purcha Points / G.P. Points The cavity is then filled with temporary filling material which is then replaced with a permanent filling material like composite filling. A root canal treated tooth should be ideally capped after 15-20 days.

 

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES?

 

Primary root canal treatments are performed using stainless steel files. Stainless steel files could remove only a small amount of infection and could easily break.

The more advanced and flexible nickel titanium files do not break easily and are able to clean the entire infected area easily.

Rotary instruments used to clean the root canal are quicker than manual instruments. Other advanced root canal procedures make use of ultrasound or laser to effectively clean the root canal.

IS A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE PAINFUL?

Root canal procedures are performed under local anaesthetic. Patients will not feel pain during the procedure.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME AFTER HAVING A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES?

Patients take about 2-3 days to recover after a root canal procedure. Some patients require a week to recover from a root canal procedure.

WHEN CAN I TRAVEL BY AIR AFTER A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?

It is safe to travel by air one day after a root canal procedure. Patients should check with their dentist before embarking on their journey. If they feel pain or discomfort, they should postpone their journey until it abates.

WHAT CARE IS REQUIRED AFTER A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?

Patients should take all prescribed medications correctly. They should not eat or drink very hot or very cold food until the anaesthetic wears off. They should avoid eating hard food or sticky food. If swelling occurs, they should sleep with their head raised for a few days to bring it down.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES?

Alternatives to root canal procedures include extractions and pulp capping procedures.