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Root Canal Therapy | Endodontics in Bangalore

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when soft tissue deep inside your teeth gets infected because such infections are usually not treatable with medication.

In the root canal procedure, the soft tissue, known as the ‘pulp’ is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Subsequently, a crown or filling is placed to protect the tooth from further decay.

Signs and symptoms of an infection

1) Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache

2) Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that linger

3) Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting

4) Fever

5) Swelling in your face or cheek

6) Tenderness or swelling of the gums surrounding the tooth

7) Darkening of the tooth.

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

What is Root Canal Therapy/ Endodontics treatment?

Root canal therapy/ RCT is a dental procedure performed to restore oral health, save further tooth damage, and help patients follow a healthy dental practice to avoid the future risks of tooth removal. However, it is crucial to visit the dentist’s office, which is committed to providing a relaxing environment equipped with advanced technology and techniques to make your experience as comfortable as possible. You might have been surrounded with so many doubts about root canal therapy that it is a painful procedure or can cause risky consequences. Still, fortunately, these myths are baseless and have no scientific verification. Root canal therapy is risk-free, result-proven, and the best resort to regain oral health. The treatment helps maintain dental health in the long run, avoiding more severe damage or removal options.

Explanation of the root canal procedure: What happens during root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy removes the infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth without affecting the outer structure; the pulp (innermost layer of the tooth) is what provides nutrients to your tooth, containing nerves, blood vessels, specialized cells, and connective tissue, keeps your teeth alive.

Millions of teeth are treated with root canal therapy each year to prevent natural teeth, alleviate pain, and effectively restore dental health. However, there is no need to worry if your endodontist or dentist recommends root canal therapy in your specific case.

The step-by-step procedure of root canal therapy:

·       Removal of infected pulp: First, the nerve and the infected or dead pulp tissues are removed.

·       Cleaning the pulp chamber: The inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, and shaped.

·       Crown and filling: A crown or filling is placed to protect the tooth from further decay or damage. The inside of the tooth is carefully filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. As a result, the tooth will continue to function like any other healthy tooth.

Note: Dental professionals who perform root canal therapy must have the specialized training and experience to ensure an RCT practice without risks or unwanted discomforts. 

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Generally, Root canal treatment is needed for a cracked tooth caused by injury, or genetic factors may be at play. Issues from the previous filling or a deep cavity are also causative factors for tooth decay or damage, requiring root canal therapy.

Common symptoms indicating the need for root canal therapy are listed below:

1.    Extensive cavities and tooth decay: When tooth decay or cavities have reached the inner center (dental pulp), you may need a root canal.

2.    Trauma: If you have an accidental injury that has caused chipped or cracked teeth, you should visit the dentist’s office. A chipped tooth is at risk of infection if bacteria penetrate the dental pulp, resulting in cavities; RCT is recommended.

3.    Persistent tooth pain: If you are experiencing persistent tooth pain that radiates across your jaws, face, or other teeth, root canal therapy can be the best decision after getting approval from a board-certified endodontist.

4.    Swelling around the area: Many factors are responsible for swelling around the gums, but bacterial infections are among the top reasons. Swelling is a sign of infection; if left untreated, it can cause more severe complications, such as tooth decay. However, Dr. Karishma Aesthetics offers root canal therapy to prevent irreversible damage and unwanted discomfort.

Our Approach to Endodontics: Advanced techniques and pain management in endodontics

Smilecare Kaesthetics is committed to providing you with the highest care and comfort and using high-end technology in root canal treatment/ endodontics to ensure a safe treatment with minimal pain or discomfort. Moreover, expert endodontists at Kaesthetics have special training, certificates, and hands-on practice records in performing result-oriented root canal treatment in Bangalore.

Advanced numbing techniques and anesthetics:

Root canal treatment ends pain, not the beginning of discomfort, as infection and inflammation in the pulp cause pain, requiring root canal therapy. Even though the procedure removes the infected or inflamed pulp, the whole RCT treatment involves minimal or zero pain due to cutting-edge numbing technologies and modern anesthetics. However, most patients at Dr. Karishma Aesthetics report being comfortable during the procedure. 

Modern Techniques for Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Karishma Aesthetics Modern Approach to Root Canal Therapy:

     I.          Laser Dentistry: One of the most advanced techniques in root canal treatment is laser dentistry, which helps improve the patient’s comfort during the procedure, enhance the success rate, and accelerate the precision of performance during root canal treatment. Unlike conventional methods that use drills, the laser allows endodontists to perform RCT with high accuracy and precision. Laser helps endodontists access and disinfect the root canal with high precision, reducing the risks of damage to the surrounding tissues.

  II.          Microscope and ultrasonics: These cutting-edge technologies help access the cavity phase and ensure a high success rate in endodontics. In addition to accessing the cavity, microscopes and ultrasonics are very helpful in précised shaping, 3D cleaning, and 3D obturation in RCT.

III.          Digital imaging: Modern digital imaging technology helps dentists and endodontists quickly and easily take and record multiple high-resolution images. Such advancements allow dentists to gather better information for endodontists to assess and treat teeth with three-dimensional imaging.

Root Canal Aftercare and Recovery

Root canal treatment is a daycare procedure so one can resume work directly following a root canal treatment. One may experience numbness in the mouth, face, jaw, or neck for about 1-3 hours post-procedure, which settles on its own and should not be considered a side effect. At Dr. Karishma Aesthetics, we do not provide general anesthesia or IV anesthesia due to the higher cost and risk involved with this type of anesthesia. However, following the post-op guidelines, as our expert endodontists suggested, is advisable to help achieve faster healing and the best results.

Post-Treatment Care Instructions for Patients:


·       Brush twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush gently around the treated tooth to avoid harsh consequences.

·       Take easy chewing and soft foods during recovery, but it is advised against eating until the anesthetic completely wears off.

·       Take the prescribed medications to manage pain and inflammation.

·       Attend all the follow-ups as advisable to heal correctly.

·       Contact our dentist immediately in case of severe symptoms like pain, bleeding, swelling, and fever.


·       Wait to take hot drinks until the anesthetic wears off.

·       Avoid chewing and biting from the treated tooth during the healing period.

·       Limit sugary food items, as they can encourage infections.

·       Do not consume tobacco and alcohol for a few months until you achieve a fuller recovery.

·       Do not indulge in strenuous physical activities, as heavy lifting and rigorous exercise can hinder healing and worsen symptoms, such as pain.

·       Do not spit, suck, or drink from a straw.

Preventive Tips for Dental Health: Guidance on maintaining overall dental health:

Following the root canal treatment, it is inevitable to maintain a healthy dental regimen to experience a long-lasting effect from the procedure. The infected pulp and decayed tooth have been removed with RCT treatment. The expert dentist cleans out the infected area and puts in a special filling to seal the canal. Since the pulp has been removed due to the infection, it is now required to place the crown over the tooth, protecting it from being brittle. Therefore, regular follow-up visits with your dentist are recommended according to your problem status and desired, realistic goals.

Following are some post-op Root Canal treatment tips to help maintain overall dental health:

·       Do not delay the crown placement procedure, as your tooth without pulp can become vulnerable to future infections and fractures.

·       Pain following the root canal treatment can be effectively managed with over-the-counter medications.

·       Good oral hygiene is highly recommended after root canal therapy to maintain the health of your teeth. However, brush twice daily, floss once daily, and use antiseptic mouthwash regularly.

·       Root canal treatment has more than a 95% success rate if you undergo treatment with an expert endodontist who is trained enough and has ample experience in RCT procedures.

Book Your Root Canal Consultation:

The best endodontists in Bangalore provide dental services at Dr. Karishma Aesthetics, Indiranagar. They can advise you on your dental concerns to help you make the right decision. If you have any dental concerns, need post-op advice following your root canal treatment, or want to schedule an in-person consultation, call us at 9108969006/ 7624809006 and start on the path to a healthy smile. 

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