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What is A Root Canal Treatment & When Should You Get One?

33 percent of the participants paid over INR 10,000 root canal procedure cost in India, according to a recent survey.

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of dental problem cases. This increase can be largely attributed to the modern diet. The diet these days has a lot of sugar and acidic components to it. These components ultimately attack tooth health. Root canal for teeth has also emerged as a popular dental procedure because of this. As of 2021, Indians were getting around 15 Million RCTs done every year. 



Despite the popularity, there are also a lot of stereotypes around RCTs. People have questions regarding root canal expense and precautions, the results, etc. This blog post caters to all such questions and more. Keep reading to find your answers!


What is a Root Canal?

In simple words, root canal treatments are suggested when the infection in a tooth has moved to the pulp. The main purpose of an RCT is to protect the natural tooth, its appearance, & its contribution to the chewing power. 


The RCT procedure can be briefly explained in the following steps: 

  • Anesthesia

You remain awake during a root canal procedure. But doctors numb the area around the affected tooth so that you don’t experience pain.

  • Pulp removal

This is the main purpose of an RCT. Your dentalcare provider will make a small opening in the top of your tooth. Then, they will extract the infected pulp from this hole. They will also clean the canals in your tooth carefully.

  • Antibiotic treatment

Dentists will coat the tooth with an antibiotic after pulp removal. They may also prescribe oral antibiotics after the procedure. This is to prevent a relapse of the infection. After the application of antibiotics, dentists seal the tooth with a sealer paste.

  • Filling temporarily 

Dental Care professionals also use a temporary filling to fill the hole they created on the top of your tooth. The purpose of this filing is to prevent damage due to saliva exposure.

The major benefits of getting an RCT include:

  • Retention of normal chewing power

  • Normal-looking tooth

  • Efficient biting force

  • Prevention of further damage to the adjacent teeth

All these benefits justify the root canal procedure cost without any doubt. But what are the signs that you need a root canal for teeth? Let’s find out!


Signs You Should Get A Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is mostly done in extreme cases of infection. But many times, people miss the signs when they should seek an RCT. The delay makes their case worse. To protect you from this negligence, we have enlisted 9 signs that you should seek a dentist for an RCT procedure:

  • Loose Tooth

If one or more of your teeth feel loose, then there’s a high possibility that the infected pulp has reached the supporting bones & softened them.

  • Tooth Discolouration

Another easily observable sign is tooth discoloration. These may happen due to inadequate blood supply to the tooth caused by an infection.

  • Swelling in Jaw

If you are experiencing swelling in the jaw, despite no physical explanation for it, seek a dentist.

  • Sensitivity to Pressure

If your tooth hurts when you eat something or touch it, that may indicate nerve damage.

  • Persisting tooth pain

If you have persisting tooth pain, then seeking a dentist is advisable.

  • Tender gums

Tender or swollen gums can also be a clear sign that you require an RCT procedure.

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after removal of the initial sensation.

  • Chipped tooth

Cracks or chips may expose the pulp, increasing the chances of an infection.

  • Gum pimples

If your gum has pimples or boils with smelly pus coming out of them, see a doctor immediately.

If you are facing any of the symptoms above, make sure that you visit a dentist immediately. A quick diagnosis can prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort. 


Root Canal Procedure Cost in India

Planning to get the procedure done but clueless about root canal expense. Let us help you. Here’s a basic guide to the RCT procedure cost in India. 


The cost of an RCT in India may depend on where the affected tooth is located. For example, for a premolar, the price may start as low as INR 3,000 and go as high as INR 7,000. Similarly, for a front tooth, the cost may lie somewhere between two thousand and five thousand rupees. Meanwhile, for molar teeth, it may rise to the highest amount of ten thousand rupees. 


The costs may be high, but the root canal before and after results completely justify them. Having said that, it is not advisable to let tooth decay stay until it requires a medical procedure. In the next section, we will be talking about a few important oral health tips. 


Oral Health Tips to Avoid Dental Problems 

This section will discuss some of the generally known oral hygiene tips. But we will also be shedding light on some rarely practiced but very important tips. Let’s dive right in!


  • Regular brushing & cleaning

This is no secret. Properly brush & clean your mouth using a good toothpaste, mouthwash, & tongue cleaner. 


  • Balanced Diet

Many times, tooth decay is caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients. You can avoid this scenario by consuming a proper diet. 


  • Regular checkups

Regular dentist visitcs can help rule out infections before they become too major. 


  • Proper hydration

Proper hydration helps maintain a healthy production of saliva. It also washes away stuck food particles, reducing the chances of cavities. 


Final Thoughts

Root Canal procedure cost may be high, but it is your best bet at preserving your natural tooth after developing an infection. A better approach would be to prevent an infection instead of curing it with painful procedures. You can preserve your teeth by practicing proper hygiene. Getting regular dental checkups is also a great way. 


But still, in a scenario where you do develop an infection, do not shy away from visiting a doctor. Timely diagnosis can help save you a lot of pain and money. So stay updated about your oral health and seek healthcare when you need to.

 

The Author : Dr. Sunil Khattri 

+91 9811618704


Dr. Sunil Khattri MBBS, MS(General Surgery), LLB, is a Medical doctor and is a practicing Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi.

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