Endodontics involves preserving the tooth , removing the infected dental pulp which is irreversibly inflamed and infected by the method of root canal treatment

Endodontic therapy (Root canal treatment) is usually required when the centre part within the tooth, known as the pulp, containing the blood vessels, nerves and living connective tissues, become infected or inflamed

Root Canal Treatment

The root canal procedure is performed to save a damaged or badly infected tooth, instead of extracting it. Here at Dentem, the chief purpose for carrying out a root canal treatment is to save an infected tooth and preserve the nearby structures.

When do you actually need RCT?

.Tooth pain- The most common symptom.
.Tooth pain may range from mild to severe in intensity.
.The intensity of such pain increases at night and on bending over.
.Tooth exhibits high sensitivity to hot food or liquids.
.Gums might also exhibit tenderness and swelling near the affected tooth.
.Intentional RCT : performed in specific conditions where patient requires
crown on a particular tooth

Procedure of Root Canal Treatment


1.Is root canal treatment painful?

The complete procedure of root canal treatment does not hurt at all. A person is given a local anesthetic agent before the procedure, so it is usually no more painful than a typical dental filling.

2.How much time does it take for root canal treatment?

If done in a single visit, it normally takes around 40 to 60 minutes to do the complete treatment. However, if it’s a repeat root canal treatment 2 to 3 visits of approximately 60 min each are required.

3.What is the success rate of root canal treatment?

If all the canals in the tooth have been accurately located and sealed, root canal treatment results are usually considerable.

4.After how long can I eat after RCT?

One should not eat or drink anything for atleast 2 to 3 hours after root canal treatment. Since the treated area is numb, there are chances of accidentally biting the cheek, lip or tongue while eating. So it is advised to eat once the numbness wears off.

5.If the tooth isn’t bothering me, why do I need a root canal?

At times one may experience tooth pain initially which generally goes away on its own or with the help of antibiotics. But that doesn’t mean it is no longer infected.
At times there is no pain at all with an infected tooth. In such cases, root canal infection is discovered through radiographs and/or clinical examination.
In such cases, the endodontists perform proper clinical examination and take proper xrays to determine if the RCT is required or not.

6.Will I need a crown after my root canal?

Mostly posterior teeth (molars and premolars) require a crown on the tooth after root canal treatment to provide strength to the tooth. For anterior teeth (central incisors, lateral incisors and canines), requirement of crown depends on the initial clinical condition of the tooth.



Root canal treatment is performed by specialists called Endodontists. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining the vitality of teeth through procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp.


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