A root canal treatment is a process through which our Dentists remove the now decayed blood vessels and nerves which were once supplying nourishment and life to the tooth. The tooth is cleaned from its Pulp Chamber to the tip of the root canals and is then sealed with special material. Once sealed, the tooth is then filled and a crown is then placed on the top of the tooth. The treatment time and the number of visits is determined by the severity of the infection. It takes about a single visit up to months while the patients go about their normal routinely life.
Commonly Asked Questions
1. Is root canal treatment a painful process?
ideally, the tooth to be treated is anesthetized and due to the numbness patients do not feel any pain. If the infection is very severe, then our dentists do not proceed and recommend antibiotics with pain killers until it subsides and they can then treat the tooth.
- how long does the pain last after root canal treatment?
Usually after root canal, mild to moderate pain may exist due to instrumentations, for which our dentists do prescribe over the counter pain killers. The pain may last from a day to up to a week. If the pain becomes unbearable, contact us immediately.
- why do I get a bad taste in my mouth after root canal treatment?
During your first visit, our dentists may place a medication inside of your tooth to give you pain relief and mummify any remnant of pulp. The medications placed inside may give a bad taste in your mouth for a couple of days.
- why does my tooth still hurt after root canal treatment?
Although a root canal treatment has a 90% success rate, there might be chances that the treatment may fail. Some of the reasons are as follows:
b. Missed Canals
c. Remnants of infection or pulp left
d. fractured tooth
e. failing supporting structures of the tooth
f. Microleakage between the filling and the tooth
- is it important to place a crown over the root canal treated tooth?
Yes! After the completion of the treatment the tooth is prone to break or wear off. A crown protects the tooth from breaking and seals the tooth, preventing chances of microleakage.
Full Mouth Scaling and Polishing refers to a process where our dentists clean and remove stain, plaque and calculus build ups around teeth and polish them to make sure the gums and teeth heal and regrow where they were damaged. The process uses a specialized cleaning instrument called an Ultrasonic Scaler. A very small scaling tip is connected to the scaler and vibrates at ultrasonic speed to break away any and/or all hard build ups. This process prevents severely destructive dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis which are the main culprits for multiple caries and loose teeth also causing gaps between them.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Is the treatment painful?
although most people prefer getting the treatment done without anesthesia, there are some cases which are more severe and require anesthetics to be given before treatment. However, once the treatment is done, there is barely any need for pain killers.
- What are the side effects of Scaling and Polishing?
side effects of Scaling and Polishing include sensitivity of the teeth for a period of one week to two weeks. It varies from person to person and the severity of the condition for which this treatment was advised and some patients do not even feel any sensitivity. Irritation in the gums is also another side effect which resolves in a matter of days.
- How often should I go for Scaling and Polishing?
Our Dentists’ recommendations for Scaling and Polishing are as follows:
No Systemic or Dental Condition = 1 Year
b. Diabetics and Smokers: 6-8 Months depending on the condition
- I have heard that scaling and polishing causes gaps between teeth and make them weaker!?
Contrary to popular belief, this is a myth that almost every dentist has heard from their patients. The gaps between the teeth is not caused by a single to double visit treatment but because of the hard calculi deposits building up in years between their teeth and also due to periodontitis. Once the calculi are removed, patients will notice a gap between the teeth. After scaling and polishing, the gums begin to regrow and cover most of the area if the loss is minimal. If the loss of gums and bone is very extensive then our dentists guide the patients towards rehabilitation.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. A crown basically replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level.
A bridge is very useful when replacing a tooth or a couple of teeth that are no longer viable. The ceramic such as porcelain, empress or zirconia can be sculpted to replicate the look of natural tooth enamel and using these durable materials give your bridge a strong base to rely on.
Common Asked Questions
- Does crown preparation hurt?
In an ideal scenario, where the tooth has been root canal treated, the tooth cannot hurt and anesthesia is given only for the gums. If the tooth is vital, then the tooth has to be anesthetized for preparation and further guidelines are given to the patients to deal with the sensitivity afterwards, if present.
- Why does my bridge/crown feel awkward?
Initially it takes some time getting used to a new crown or bridge. Although it is important to let your dentist know if you feel that the crowned/bridged teeth meet up with their opposing teeth before other teeth. This might mean that you may have a high spot present which can be reduced by the dentist.
- My crown came off, should I throw it away?
Dental Crowns and bridges have a long life span, however, they are cemented to the teeth so if the crown does come off, immediately take it to the dentist and get it re-cemented. If the tooth on which the crown is seated is also broken, then your dentist can guide you if the tooth can be crowned or not!
- How long does a dental crown last?
Dental crowns last on average between 5 and 15 years depending on how well they are made and cared for.
- Which is the most gum friendly and strongest crown?
Zirconia crown is the most gum friendly and strongest crown.
This is the field of dentistry that involves simple extraction to more complicated cases such as surgical extractions, bone grafting, and sinus uplifting. Teeth that are not salvageable or are periodontally compromised need to be extracted at times.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Is extraction painful?
Incase of a simple extraction the tooth to be extracted is anesthetized or numbed initially. The patient might experience soreness or slight pain after the extraction has been performed and in order to control pain, pain killers are advised.
2. How long does the healing take?
Complete healing takes place in 4 weeks. Any replacement of the extracted tooth has to wait for a minimum of this time in order for the bone to resorb and deposit. Once it is healed, you may proceed with any form of replacement you would prefer.
3. Can I replace the extracted tooth immediately?
Any replacement of the extracted tooth has to wait for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks in order for the bone to resorb and deposit. In the meantime, a removable denture can be placed as a temporary replacement. Once it is healed, you may proceed with any form of replacement you would prefer.
4. What to expect in a surgical wisdom tooth extraction?
Soreness, pain and swelling are to be expected in such kind of extraction. These symptoms may persist from a week to two weeks. Painkillers, antibiotics, and anti inflammatory drugs are prescribed to prevent any further complications from arising.
5. should I go on an empty stomach for surgery?
You should NEVER go on an empty stomach to surgery. Eat healthy One hour before Surgery.
6. Can I get my tooth extracted at any time?
Although simple extractions can be done during any time of the day but our dentists advice our patients to go for extractions in the morning.