Many of us are dreaded by root canal procedure because of myths and misconceptions which are linked with root canal treatment. Various questions which may arise in patient’s mind before root canal procedure are answered in this write-up. Before getting root canal treatment done, it is necessary that patient knows about the procedure. Root canal treatment is one of the procedures which will endeavor saving the tooth. Root canal treatment is done when infection reaches the pulp portion of the tooth. In case of untreated tooth decay or in case of accidental exposure of dental pulp or in cases of accidental exposure or trauma to the dental pulp, root canal treatment is done. In case of root canal treatment, infectious portion of the tooth is removed and cleaning, shaping and filling of root canals is done.
When the nerve present in the tooth becomes infected or damaged, then root canal treatment is done to remove the infection and save the tooth. It mostly occurs because of entry of bacteria in pulp (Nerve) portion of the tooth. In case of root canal treatment, cleaning and shaping of canals is done followed by filling of canals.
A general dentist or an endodontist can perform root canal procedure. If tooth is very painful before root canal procedure, then RCT should be preferably performed by an endodontist who is specialist in root canal treatment. In case of difficult root canals or in root canal re-treatment cases, an endodontist should be approached. Fees charged by an endodontist is more than fees charged by a general dentist.
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