Root canal treatment or RCT is a procedure which all of us are now aware of.Most of us have either undergone this procedure or have seen it happening in any of our family members but still there are a lot of misconceptions which needs to be corrected here. Q)I am very often asked this question-Dr. I am not ready for RCT right now- Can you do a filling now ?and i will later get the RCT done. (a.)Kindly understand -RCT is done when the infection or cavity or decay in the tooth has already reached into deeper softer part of the tooth called as pulp-which mainly comprises of blood vessels and nerves. (b.) Filling is done when the decay has not reached into the pulp. so both these procedures are not interchangeble. (c.)There are clear cut guidelines when each needs to done and whatever is indicated should be done
(a.) RCT is always done under anaesthesia so its always a painless procedure.Application of anaesthesia is also almost painless now and is just like a mosquito bite .Once your tooth is numb you dont feel anything while we are working and also once the anaesthesia wears off the discomfort is negligible.You might need minor pain killers that too are given on need basis and not in a fixed dose. (b.)The problem happens when because of our fear we keep postponing our visit to the dentist and keep popping up pills (painkillers and antibiotics)-These medicines do reduce down the pain for some time but the infection keeps building up inside and then it becomes so complex that the effect of anaesthesia is not very profound .so the important point here to remember is to visit your dentist as early as possible.
Q)Is it necessary to take antibiotics while RCT is being done?