Is a single sitting RCT better?

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Nothing is more painful than a tooth pain. Although there are many reasons for a tooth pain, tooth decay is the most common cause worldwide. Good oral hygiene habits can prevent a tooth decay. Unfortunately, sometimes your tooth succumbs to an infection. But you don’t have to worry, as you always have a friendly dentist who can help.

Why does my tooth pain?

An infection in the tooth and gums causes pain. Let’s understand why your tooth pains here. A tooth decay starts from the outer enamel and progresses to the inner dentin. Once the cavity eats up the dentin, the bacteria reach the pulp. Your tooth has a soft portion in the middle called the ‘pulp’. The dental pulp has the nerve and the blood vessels. The bacterial acids infects the pulp. And you will feel the pain.

How can my dentist help me with a tooth pain?

Your dentist will make a through examination of your mouth and make a diagnosis of the infected tooth. And then depending on the prognosis, your dentist will advise you


Can an RCT help me with my tooth pain?

In a Root Canal Treatment, your dentist will clean up the decayed parts of the tooth. He will then create an access to the pulp of the tooth. But relax!!! All of this is done under an aesthetic, so you don’t feel the pain during the procedure. Once the dentist/ endodontist gains access to the pulp of the tooth, he will clean it with a set of specialised instruments. These instruments are made to access and clean the fine canals of the tooth root. Once the root canals are cleaned, your dentist will fill it with the root canal filling materials. These fillings are medicated, biocompatible and are non reactive with the body tissues. Removing the infected pulp and filling the root canals relives your tooth pain.

How long does it take to finish an RCT?

The RCT is a multi-stage procedure. It involves these steps

  • Access cavity opening
  • BMP (Bio-mechanical Preparation- cleaning and shaping of the root canals)
  • Obturation
  • Access cavity filling
  • Crown

Each of these steps take some time to perform. Earlier, dentists had to relay on hand instrumentation to do the BMP. This is time consuming and hence you had visit your dentist multiple times. With advances in rotary instrumentation and microscopic endodontics, the RCT can be done in a single sitting.

Is a single sitting RCT better?

A single sitting RCT, the number of visits to you dentist is ONLY ONE and can have these advantages

For the patient

  • Reduces the number of times you have to visit your dentist.
  • Since the procedure is done in one day, it is comfortable for those who are apprehensive of the anaesthesia and the procedure. This avoids repeated administration of the aesthetic.
  • Easy for patients who have to travel far for the treatment.
  • Working individuals who have busy schedules.

For the dentist

  • Your dentist can follow better isolation and aseptic precautions for the procedure.
  • When your dentist has to use sedation to keep you calm, repeated administration of the meds is eliminated.
  • Only one set of sterilised instruments are required.
  • Your dentist and his assistants will use only one PPE kit and hence reduces the cost.

Who cannot undergo a single sitting RCT?

Although single sitting RCT has its advantages, this treatment modality may not be suitable in some situations. Here are times when your dentist cannot do a single sitting RCT

  • Patients with physical disabilities who cannot sit for. a long time.
  • Mentally challenged patients.
  • Elderly patients who cannot keep their mouths open for long.
  • People with TMJ disorders or pain.
  • Teeth with complex root structure.
  • Swelling in relation to the infected tooth.

If you like to know more about single sitting Rct and if you are a suitable candidate, please talk to your dentist.

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