Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

It is a procedure wherein a badly decayed / fractured / painful / dead tooth is saved by removing its soft part (pulp) from the core of the tooth and filling it with special materials.

How Much Does a Root Canal Treatment Cost in Ahmedabad, India?

Root canal is a wide treatment, the specific treatment depends on the problem found after consultation. At Agarwal Dental Clinic Ahmedabad, the charges for Root Canal Procedure is Rs. 4000-5000 excluding the cost of cap and crown chargers. Although, the chargers also depend on the material of the crown and are usually chosen by the patient.

What is RCT?

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment for removing an infection from a decayed or fractured or dead tooth. It is carried out in the pulp of the tooth, which is located in the core of the crown & root of the tooth. It also protects the tooth from future infections.

What are the indications of RCT?
  • Decayed tooth
  • Painful tooth
  • Non-vital or dead tooth
  • Trauma exposing the pulp
  • Grossly attrided tooth
  • Intentional RCT
How RCT is done?
1. A Deep Infection

Root canal treatment is needed when the root becomes infected or inflamed through an injury or a large cavity exposes the tooth's pulp.

2. Route to reach the pulp of the tooth

If it is painful, the dentist may numb the tooth. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber.

3. Removing the Infected/Inflamed Tissue

The infection is cleaned and unhealthy pulp is removed out of the canals through special files. After that, they shape the canals for the filling material. Irrigation method is used to help clean the canals and remove debris.

4. Filling the Canals

The canals are filled with a permanent inert rubber material called gutta-percha cones. This helps to keep the canals free of infection or contamination & fills the dead space.

5. Rebuilding the tooth

The temporary filling material is installed on top of the gutta-percha to seal the opening. The filling remains until the tooth receives a permanent filling or a crown. A crown, seldom known as a cap is placed over the top of the tooth which similarly looks like a natural tooth.

6. Extra Support

In some cases to give the crown more support, a post is placed into the root next to the gutta-percha.

7. The Crowning/capping of the root canal treated tooth

An artificial hollow dental crown is constructed & cemented over it, to prevent the Root canal treated tooth from fracture.

What are the advantages of RCT over other treatment procedures?
  • In case of a deeply infectious tooth, the only treatment options are removal of tooth or the root canal treatment (RCT). However, root canal treatment (RCT) is a conservative procedure through which natural tooth is protected.
  • Root canal treatment (RCT) prevents bone loss and preserves the stability of the adjacent tooth.
  • Most of the time the pain is related to the pulp tissue only rather than that the procedure is more or less painless.
  • It is quite cost-effective & better option as compared to other teeth replacement procedures after extraction, saving the natural tooth by root canal treatment (RCT).
What are the limitation of RCT?
  • Excessively Decayed tooth beyond repair cannot be treated.
  • Fractured roots.
  • Deep infection/ injury beyond tooth root with cysts around them.
  • Excessively curved roots.
  • Excessively mobile tooth.
  • Restricted mouth opening.
  • Root canal treatment (RCT) is technique sensitive, requiring professional skill and may require multiple visits.
  • If not done by an expert, if accessory canals remain untreated which may lead to failure resulting in reinfection and pain.
  • RCT makes the tooth brittle & hence, root canal treated tooth needs to be covered with a crown to prevent its fracture.
What is the success rate of RCT?

The success rate of the procedure is up to 95% or more if done properly under sterile conditions by an expert.