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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. In this procedure, nerves and blood vessels present in the pulp of the tooth are removed, and the pulp chamber is filled with a biocompatible material.

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I have had cavities in my last molar teeth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had cavities in my last molar teeth, and the doctor had advised root canal treatment. I have had dental anxiety since childhood, as my experiences were unpleasant. Even though I have many questions in my mind, I cannot ask anything in the clinic. What is a root canal procedure, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Root canal treatment means that rather than extracting the whole tooth, we save the tooth's structure by micro-cleaning inside the roots of the infected tooth. Then the cleaned root is filled with a medicated filling mat...  Read Full »

I have tooth pain after undergoing dental treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I visited a dentist because of the pain in my tooth. She started doing the procedure but am not sure if she was doing that correctly. She anesthetized me thrice but I could still feel the pain. I am not satisfied with her treatment. Please suggest what to do. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The medication the dentist puts inside the tooth is used for necrotizing any remaining nerves inside the roots and also sanitizing them. It is called Formocresol. In such an infected cavity that causes pain, nerve...  Read Full »

I have pain in my tooth after getting a crown placed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a crown done for my tooth six months ago but it is still giving me trouble. I consulted a different dentist a few days ago and got my teeth cleaning procedure done. They examined the crown and took an X-ray. They found an open margin on one side of the crown. They also wrote a re...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The pain is not caused by the crown in your case, the crown is fine and it does not need any replacement. The tooth on which the crown is placed requires endodontic treatment i.e. root canal treatment. In some cases, when the crown is done without endodontic treatme...  Read Full »

Pain behind molars after crown lengthening. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, Five years ago, I underwent a re-root canal treatment redone on the left molar and crown lengthening behind both the right and left molars. Went to the dentist to replace the crown, and the dentist advised crown lengthening about 14 days before crown cutting. The crown lengthening was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Usually, the pain should not be there if the wound is healing normally. However, there may be either an infection or some tissue that is delaying healing. If you could send me the X-ray of the tooth, you had under...  Read Full »

During the dental visit, I had severe pain during the treatment for a fractured tooth due to a cavity. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a cavity last week, which caused my lower left tooth #20 to break. The gap between my two front teeth is on the side that faces my mouth's back. I visited the dentist today. Most of the drilling went smoothly, but about 3/4 of the way through, one decay she was trying to drill off...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I assume you mean local anesthesia when you say "freezing." Is it not? Otherwise, she will need to drill farther to reach the nerve. Usually, one or two shots of the anesthetic will produce excellent anesthesia. She m...  Read Full »

Dentist suggests root canal for tooth. Can I avoid it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a tooth that needs a root canal treatment; however, due to the coronavirus restriction, I will consult the dentist only if I am in pain, but I am currently not in pain. The dentist I saw a few weeks ago said I should get the treatment done as soon as possible as it could become sym...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions. 1. Avoid too hot, too cold, and hard foods that can start tooth pain. 2. Use the other side for chewing. Biting food with the filled tooth could dislodge the filling and complicate things. 3. Brush...  Read Full »

My anterior crown is improper. Should I do RCT to correct it?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently got a crown on my upper incisor and canine. My incisor tooth is backward, so the dentist shortened my teeth and then put a crown on my tooth attached to my canine. He also shortened my canine to fit the crown. Still, the crown is big and bulky and has a little gap, so I went...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The first dentist has done tooth preparation for your canine, which is not a good thing to do. Canine is the cornerstone of the dental arch. Crown cutting was not necessary because your incisor looks sound. Maybe the s...  Read Full »

I have sensitivity in a tooth next to RC-treated teeth. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a wisdom tooth issue for many years, and I got them removed two years back. The wisdom tooth issue was for the lower teeth, but my dentist also advised the removal of upper pairing teeth. So all four teeth were removed at the same time. After that procedure, I got recovered complete...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through the attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The second molar has a large cavity, and it happened mostly due to the previously impacted wisdom tooth, which may have caused food impaction at the site. The second molar shown ...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in my root canal-treated tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am receiving root canal treatment on the right side 5th teeth. Yesterday, my doctor has completed till the second step. Now, I am unable to control the pain even after taking the tablets prescribed by him. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There should be no pain after the second step. You should go back to your dentist and tell him there is severe pain. Maybe the medication he put inside has gone beyond the root. I need an x-ray to confirm. If the pain does not go away today also, then you need to red...  Read Full »

Can a root canal treatment on my premolar alleviate my jaw pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been advised to undergo a root canal on my second premolar. I have all my X-rays and I would like to know if this would be required or not. I have been experiencing pain in my jaw and upper teeth for one month. Currently, I am taking Frisium, Lamotrigine, and Keppra. Earlier I w...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. How long you have been experiencing the symptoms of pain. As the filling in your second premolar is quite close to the nerve, it can be the main reason. Let me know which antibiotic you are taking currently and whe...  Read Full »

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