We all have heard the term root canal at least once in our lives. We all have heard either a friend who has undergone the procedure or chaperoned a family member to the dentist for moral support. Either way, victim or not, the term root canal has always been around us.
So, what is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a category dental treatment that removes the bacteria the canal of tooth, thereby saving the natural tooth and preventing it from further decay. After the area has been cleaned the tooth is disinfected and sealed. Basically, it is a procedure that aims to repair a badly damaged tooth. This procedure is painful but thankfully due to advancement in dentistry and local anesthesia, people experience little to no pain. If the tooth is beyond repair, the other option is to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.
When does one need a Root Canal?
Root canals are generally required to fix a deep cavity or issues from any pervious dental fillings/procedure. People start realizing that they need a root canal when their teeth becomes suddenly sensitive to hot or cold sensation followed by excruciating pain.
Some typical symptoms of root canal are:
- Extreme pain while eating
- Cracked/chipped tooth
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food
- Pimples on the gum
- Swelling in gum or deep decay in gum
Any kind of tooth pain is generally unbearable but when it comes to root canal, the pain automatically becomes 5 times worse. Therefore, it is prudent that we do not sit on such things and the moment the pain starts to go beyond our threshold we must immediately rush to the dentist.
These days because of the restrictions in order you may not be able to see a dentist directly and that is why you may have to opt for telehealth. Telehealth services are consultation that are conducted digitally. This is normally done when the doctor and patient stay far away but after the pandemic, telemedicine has become quite the norm and a safe passage for consultations. Here, after the initial screening is done online, your dentist will evaluate your situation and accordingly set up an appointment with you.
How does the procedure begin?
Rootcanal treatment is normally done by a dentist or an endodontist and the procedure is completed in one or two sittings. It usually gets over in one setting but gets extended only if the tooth is difficult to treat. Once the procedure begins a rubberlike sheet called a dental dam is put in your mouth to keep the area clean. After the initial set up, the decay is removed using small dental instruments and the infected pulp is removed.
After the removal of the bacteria, the pulp chamber is cleaned and depending on the situation, it maybe enlarged or reshaped to allow better access for filling later. If the infection spreads beyond the tooth, antibiotics are prescribed and finally a crown is placed in the operated area to keep it clean and keep the debris and saliva out.
Crowns are realistic looking artificial teeth that can be tinted to match the colour of your teeth. At times a metal post is placed before the crown for structural support and to keep the crown sturdy. After placing the crown, the initial days require some love and care as the tooth is still sensitive. Once the pain and sensitivity are gone you must follow proper dental hygiene for the crown to last a lifetime.
Cost of root canal
Root canal costs are not the same for every case and vary. However, to give an estimate, it is better to have Rs. 10,000 – 15,000 ready for the procedure. This includes consultation charges, x-ray and post-op care. This may also go up or go down depending on where you visit but the approximate figures are mostly around this. Root canals are not so cheap given the nature of the treatment and that is why you can opt for a Bajaj Finserv Digital Health EMI Network Card. With a pre-approved limit of up to Rs. 4 lakh, the Health EMI Network Card lets you convert all the expenses into convenient monthly instalments, which you can pay over a period of 24 months.