A root canal is a treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead. The dental pulp is a soft substance in the center of the tooth that consists of the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp chamber is the hollow part in the center of the tooth that contains the pulp, and it continues down canals that extend through the roots of teeth and into the surrounding bone. Some roots have more than one root canal, but all have at least one canal.
The following are some of the most common symptoms that of an infected tooth:
- Tenderness at the bottom of the root
- Pain in response to heat and cold that lasts several minutes
- A tooth that hurts to bite on
- Spontaneous pain from no apparent trigger
- Chronic bad breath or a foul taste in mouth
- Pimple-like sore on the gums
- Tooth darkens
Many people think pain is the main symptom of an infected tooth, but it doesn’t always hurt. Sometimes it hurts, then the pain stops because the affected nerve has died, which means that the condition is more serious, not less.
To come back to your original question of the time taken for a root canal treatment, most root canals in our clinic are treated in one visit in matter of 90 minutes or less. The exceptions are extremely infected teeth, complications from the procedure, and complex cases. It may not always be possible for every practise to do it in one day as this requires, specialised training, equipments, assistance and multiple dental chair practise.
For a root canal treatment, there are three basic steps. First is opening the canal, second is cleaning and shaping of the canal, and finally is sealing the canal. For one teeth it may take around 15 to 60 mins but this time is considerably reduced when treating multiple teeth together.
After root canal therapy has been completed, it is usually necessary to place a crown over the tooth for protection. With our state of the art technology and equipment, we can design, mill and fabricate your new crown in about an hour. Your entire procedure will be completed in ONE DAY itself.