The outer portion or Crown of a tooth is a three-layered structure: Enamel, Dentin & Pulp.
If the tooth decay is limited to the first two layers, it can be corrected with Filling/ Restoration. However, if the tooth decay reaches the third layer and causes inflammation or infection of the pulp, an RCT or Endodontic Treatment is needed.
Root Canal Treatment, also known as Endodontic Treatment, is a procedure done when tooth decay reaches the pulp (innermost layer of the tooth), causing inflammation. It is required to save the weakened tooth from extraction. This method is done by an Endodontist who is recognized as a Root Canal Specialist. The procedure involves:
It is a multi-step method and may entail multiple sittings.
Root Canal Treatment is achieved on a contaminated or infected tooth. The disease could be due to a cracked or broken tooth, extensive decay, gum disease, or maybe due to returned dental treatment on a singular tooth. It becomes extremely important to get the Root Canal Treatment as:
The value of dental treatment varies extensively, but protecting the tooth with a root canal is comparatively cost-efficient.
The other alternative is extraction, and the value of an implant or bridge to restore the tooth afterward is usually more expensive. However, extraction can also lead to malocclusion or misaligned teeth and difficulty chewing.
The cost varies depending on how stubborn the difficulty is and which tooth is affected. Cost is based on the number of canals, degree of difficulty, and place of the tooth in the mouth; for example, front teeth are more comfortable to handle than back teeth. Root canal treatment is regularly covered by dental coverage, depending on your coverage. If it isn't, your dentist may also propose you a payment plan.