RCT (root canal treatment) is a treatment option for an infected tooth pulp. Here, the infected pulp is removed using specialized instruments, and then the root canal is shaped and filled with a biocompatible material. To maintain the strength and integrity of the tooth, a dental crown is placed on the tooth.

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I suffer from a toothache for which my dentist advised multiple extractions and root canals. Should I do it now or later?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from dental issues like a toothache. I consulted a dentist, who suggested a complete overhaul where he would extract around 15 teeth and perform a root canal on other teeth. Should all this be done within one month? Due to some obligations, I would have to move out after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Icliniq.com. An X-ray of your upper and lower teeth would have helped to give my opinion. However, if your dentist says so many teeth cannot be saved, they may be decayed or periodontally compromised. So if you are away for six months at a stretch, then ask the dentist to perform tr...  Read Full »

I had a filling done on my left upper first molar tooth, which is extremely painful sometimes. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old, and a year ago, I had a filling done on my left upper first molar tooth. It was sensitive for a couple of weeks, but then I was fine. Six months later, I was in excruciating pain that was throbbing and achy. After a week, it was back to normal. Then, after another ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I think you urgently need to take an X-ray of the tooth. Sometimes even the already restored teeth get further infected due to leakage or food lodgement. This develops sensitivity and pain. The pain will be felt only when that specific pulp...  Read Full »

In RCT, does air spray over CaOH filled canal cause emphysema on soft tissues of the face?

Query: Hello doctor, During root canal treatment does air spray over CaOH filled canal cause emphysema on soft tissues of the face? How can one distinguish emphysema from flare-up?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate your question. Emphysema of the face is directly linked to an air trap under your skin. It gives a crackling sensation because of the air pressure underneath and looks like a smooth swelling of the face. Root canal flare-ups might result in swellin...  Read Full »

A cap was placed on my tooth after an RCT, and I feel it is placed a little high. Will it cause any issue?

Query: Hi doctor,My root canal treatment has finished today and I got a cap on my tooth. My dentist said to eat food from the other side today, and from tomorrow both sides can be used. I think my cap is a little up and I have not eaten food from both sides. So I made a decision, if it does not get better ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tanushree Dey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a history of root canal treatment today itself and your are feeling the cap placed on the tooth is little high.I would tell its a very common feeling when we get some new object in our mouth which our body is not used to, it feels different. It is a very wise de...  Read Full »

After RCT, the temporary filling of my upper molar tooth moved aside and fell off. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I just got a temporary filling today for my upper molar tooth. The dentist cleaned my canals as a part of the root canal treatment and then placed the filling. It felt and looked fine, he shaved it down some more to make it right. After some time, although I did not eat anything (only dran...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have read through your complaint and the relevant details.The filling material placed usually after the root canal treatment would be a temporary white-colored one. If that is the case, I would like to say you that this type of filling material is not strong enough and te...  Read Full »

What to do if my RCT has failed and the pain recurs?

Query: Hi doctor, I had done my root canal one day before. It was paining like hell. After RCT and I went today, they did an X-ray today, and they told me RCT filling is 1 millimeter more to be filled. I have done it and will see after a day. If it is still painful there, I will check it. But my question i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I think your tooth is infected, or there is some canal in the tooth that has not been accessed properly. Take medication for at least three days your pain will be over. If they do root canal treatment properly, it will not fail. If your tooth...  Read Full »

I have pain in my root canal treated tooth for the past two weeks. Why? Kindly mention the reason for such pain.

Query: Hi doctor, Ten years back, I got root canal treatment done for one of my lower tooth. But, since two weeks,I started getting pain and went to the dentist. The dentist suggested doing the RCT again. During the second sitting, he said there was a metal file inside the teeth nerve, which was broken by ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the chances that a metal file remaining in the root without causing pain is possible. If you have doubts, ask the dentist for an x-ray before he starts the root canal. Every dentist takes an IOPA- X-ray (intraoral periapical radiograph) before he starts RCT (root c...  Read Full »

Can tooth cavities lead to infection of the bone?

Query: Hello doctor, I have cavities in the front two teeth. I have kept putting off seeing the dentist because of a high profile busy job. I have an upcoming appointment but I am worried about a possible infection to the bone? If this is the case would I have severe pain and swelling?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, not every cavity reaches the bone. For infection, either pain or sensitivity is there. Just consult your dentist and do as he says. I wish you good health and happiness. Keep me updated with the improvements.   Read Full »

My wisdom tooth is erupting and hurting the other tooth. Should I go for a root canal treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an X-ray of my tooth yesterday. The doctor advised me to have a root canal and told me that my wisdom tooth was erupting, but it was not finding any space, so it was hurting the other tooth. Can you please see the X-ray and advise me?   Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Wisdom tooth which has no space to erupt causes jaw pain. Removing the impacted wisdom tooth is the only option. Sometimes, the impacted wisdom tooth hits the nearby good tooth and leads to pain in that nearby tooth. Such a tooth will requ...  Read Full »

Is RCT under GA the only option for my 2-year-old son?

Query: Hello doctor, My son, 2 years and 10 months, has been suggested RCT (pulpotomy). Background: My son is breastfed and still feeds during sleep. He has complained of pain once or twice in the last three to four months. His oral habits are not good. He cries his heart out when we brush his teeth (norma...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, the molar tooth is exposed and needs pulpotomy. You need to brush his teeth more often, especially at night before sleep. Use a finger brush which can be worn on your fingers and u...  Read Full »

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