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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Why is one side of my tooth missing?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a tooth that is missing one side of it. The tooth next to it grew crooked and become impacted. I had pain last week while drinking water. I did not discover the side missing till today. I am in a lot of pain now and nothing is helping. My wisdom tooth got removed four years ago. Pl...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is painful, then it means that the root of the tooth is infected. It will need any of the following treatments. Root canal treatment followed by crown placement over it, which may also require a post if the tooth is badly broken. The second option is an¬†extraction ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to fix permanent crown on own?

Query: Hello doctor, Earlier this year, I proactively got a root canal and crown for one of my back molars. The procedure went fine, but the Coronavirus hit before I was able to get the permanent crown installed as a last-step. My temporary crown is still in and functioning fine, and I was able to acquire...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Firstly, going without a permanent crown but with a temporary crown in place does not gonna cause any serious complications. To make this more clear, I would like to explain the need for a permanent crown a...  Read Full »

I got composite filling in my front teeth and it fell off on a whole. What could be the problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I had some composite fillings placed on the front surfaces of several teeth last year, at the top of the tooth near the gum line where dentine had been exposed due to wearing away of the enamel. Several of the fillings have fallen out. They were not worn down by brushing, but actually...  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist, Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your images. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Usually, composite restoration lasts for four to five years. Composite filling is not as strong as amalgam fillings. Moreover it has to be taken care of more than amalgam fillings. Preca...  Read Full »

Is root canal treatment the reason for my chipped tooth to turn gray?

Query: Hi doctor, When I was young I tripped and chipped my tooth. It was when I was 20 years old that I got braces and the dentist told me I had to get a root canal for that specific tooth. She said that the tooth was dead already. I thought it was just a chipped tooth because it looked normal and did no...  Read Full »

Dr. Akmal Abdelmalek

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to When you banged your tooth and part of it chipped away, the pulp or the core of nerves and blood vessels that provide nourishment to the tooth probably died. It is not possible to judge this now but your dentist must have done the required tests to come up with ...  Read Full »

My 2.9-year-old son has problem in upper four teeth. Is RCT recommended in this age?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2.9 years old and has a problem in the upper four teeth (x-ray attached) and doctors are suggesting for RCT (root canal treatment) as they are very much decayed. So I just wanted to confirm the same.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the x-ray. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If the child is cooperative and can sit through the procedure then it is fine to have pulpectomy procedure i.e. root canal treated. If your child does not have any pain or swelling and the to...  Read Full »

The temporary crown is tiny. Will my permanent crown on tooth be small too?

Query: Hi doctor, The dentist thought my tooth had a fracture, so he put on a temporary crown. That worsened the pain and throbbing exponentially, so he sent me to an endodontist that said my tissue was extremely inflamed and needed a root canal ASAP. After the root canal, the regular dentist put on the p...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did you have any pain after completion of root canal procedure before permanent crown placement? How is the pain? Is it the same pain which you experienced before root canal? If the pain did not stop after completion of root canal and before crown placement, then it ...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to remove periodontal ligament during tooth extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, My lateral incisor #7 fractured at the gumline and will likely require a surgical extraction. Also, while a temporary filling was provided after removal of pulp pending a root canal, the root canal was not done for many months due to an insurance lapse, and the tooth became infected as ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is nothing like "Biological" dentists as such, but you might be referring to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Anyway the removal of root stump of a lateral incisor is a simple procedure and any dentists should do it. There is no separate removal of periodontal ...  Read Full »

Why am I having pain in tooth in which I am currently getting root canal treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been going to a dentist about a tooth that is sore. They started a root canal but then did not finish. I have gone back several times and every time they open up the tooth and insert medicine. My tooth is in agony right now. I am just wondering if this is a standard procedure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The number of sittings in the root canal procedure depends on the amount and extent of infection. If the infection is more, the tooth is opened up and medicated dressing is given to reduce the infection and to kill the nerves. Antibiotics ...  Read Full »

Can sinus problem cause upper incisor pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My upper incisor hurts whenever I touch it. This morning when I woke up I was not feeling this pain but after I drank a cold juice I notice that it hurts. I went into the bathroom and check if I see any hole but there is none. I gargle with some warm salt water but it still does not stop...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Pain on pressure is a clear sign of an infection deep in the roots of your upper incisors. It could be mostly because of a forgotten trauma or assault you had in your childhood. It is not necessarily because ...  Read Full »

How can toothache be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe toothache and worm teeth. Please let me know the medicines I need to be used to cure it permanently.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Unfortunately, there is no medicine to cure tooth decay without dental treatment. Tooth has three layers, outer enamel, dentin, and innermost never layer. When decay starts in the enamel layer, it does not show any symptoms other than a v...  Read Full »

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