Root Canal Therapy (RCT)


Stages of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure designed to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp, alleviating pain and preserving the natural tooth. Contrary to common misconceptions, modern advancements have made root canal treatments relatively painless, convenient, and in some cases, manageable within a single visit.

The need for a root canal arises when the innermost layer of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, trauma, or cracks in the tooth. Symptoms such as severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or a pimple-like bump on the gums near the affected tooth indicate the need for intervention.

Dr. Buttan, an experienced dentist specializing in root canal therapy, ensures a comfortable and efficient procedure. With advancements in anesthetics and technology, the treatment is made virtually painless for patients. Before commencing the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring that patients remain relaxed and free of discomfort throughout the process.

During the root canal procedure, Dr. Buttan carefully accesses the infected pulp through a small opening in the tooth. Using specialized instruments, the infected or damaged pulp is removed, and the inner chamber is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection.

Once the infected material is removed and the chamber is cleaned, it is sealed with a biocompatible material to prevent recontamination. In some cases, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth until a permanent restoration, such as a crown, is placed to strengthen and protect the tooth long-term.

Advancements in techniques and equipment allow some cases to be managed within a single visit, making it more convenient for patients. However, more complex cases or infections requiring additional treatment may require multiple visits for complete resolution.

Following a root canal, mild discomfort or sensitivity is common, but it typically subsides quickly and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Dr. Buttan provides post-treatment care instructions to ensure patients understand how to care for the treated tooth properly.

Overall, root canal therapy, under the care of Dr. Buttan, offers a painless and convenient solution for saving infected teeth. With advancements in anesthesia and technology, along with Dr. Buttan’s expertise, patients can undergo this essential procedure comfortably and with confidence in preserving their natural smiles.