In What Cases Should You Go For A Rootcanal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is often seen as the last resort by patients. Here is a detailed breakdown of the procedure, and when should one opt for a root canal treatment.

In What Cases Should You Go For A Rootcanal Treatment?

The phrase ‘root canal’ has an almost magical ability to make a person cringe just upon hearing it. Indeed, root canal treatment is an extremely painful and often costly exercise; one that might call for several visits to the dentist’s office. 

However, like a lot of painful experiences, a rootcanal treatment exists to avoid future inconvenience and ill-health. In the same way that one might undertake a surgery to fix a dislocated shoulder, or in the same way that one might take a course of antibiotics to relieve oneself of a virus, a root canal treatment is undergone to fix a problem and avoid its worsening. 

So what is the problem at hand in the case of a root canal treatment? 

A root canal treatment is a dental treatment used to fix an inflammation that takes place within the root canal. You cannot see the inflammation, since it happens under the surface of your tooth, but you can most definitely feel it. If ignored, an inflamed root canal can result in the loss of your tooth. 

However, in most cases, it would be rather impossible to ignore an inflamed root canal. All pain and discomfort that come with the condition are more than likely to make the patient look at the dentist’s drill as the “lesser of the two evils”.  It is usually a rather expensive procedure, but one that cannot be eliminated from the family dental care routine. Root canal treatment is often abbreviated as RCT, or is referred to simply as root canal. The medical name for it is endodontic treatment. 

Here are 4 situations which usually call for a root canal treatment: 

Pain 

If you have a hard time in one particular area of your mouth when you are chewing or biting your food, it might be a sign that you need a root canal treatment. You will notice that the pain is localized to one particular area, or one particular tooth, rather than an overall pain that you might feel if you’re eating something particularly chewy. The pain will most likely be new, and will occur almost every time you bite or chew something. 

Sensitivity 

Coupled with the pain you might feel while chewing is a sustained sensitivity to hot and cold. A sip of a cold cola will feel like a stab in the gums. A spoonful of hot soup will have the same effect. Moreover, even after you push away the cola or the soup, the pain you felt will linger. This is a symptom of an inflammation in your root canal, and therefore a call for an RCT. 

Gums look different

Any change in the appearance of your gums should ideally be an alarm bell for you to check into the dentist office. Any bumpiness or acne-like growth along your gums is usually seen as symptomatic of a root canal inflammation. Blackening or darkening of the gums is similarly seen as a red flag signalling an underlying infection. Lastly (and linked to the lingering sensitivity that we talked about earlier) are swelling and sensitivity of the gums. 

Cavity

A chipped or broken tooth might also be symptomatic of an infection in the root canal but it could just be a cavity. Either way, it could also be symptomatic of a root canal infection (or one that is about to happen if the cavity isn’t taken care of), and should therefore be brought before a dentist immediately. 

Root canal treatments represent a huge increase in any family’s dental care expenditure. Moreover, they become more complicated and more expensive the more one delays, because specialists may have to be called in. As a result, it is advisable to have them looked at right away. With the Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Card, you are well-placed to just walk in to any affiliated dentist’s office right away. Pay the costs linked to your family’s dental care in up to 24 smaller instalments by using the Health EMI Card.