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“Understanding Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know” - By Dr. Aakash Shah


Root canal treatment, often simply called a “root canal,” is a dental procedure that’s surrounded by myths and misconceptions. In reality, it’s a valuable and often necessary treatment that can save a damaged tooth. In this blog, we’ll demystify the root canal procedure, exploring why it’s needed, what happens during the treatment, and what to expect afterward.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to treat a tooth that has a damaged or infected pulp, the innermost part of the tooth. The pulp houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, and when it becomes infected or damaged due to deep decay, a crack, or trauma, it can cause severe pain and discomfort - says Dr Aakash Shah.

Signs You Need a Root Canal:

1. Persistent Toothache: If you experience prolonged, severe pain in a tooth, especially when chewing or applying pressure, it could be a sign of pulp damage.

2. Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that lingers after the temperature stimulus is removed may indicate pulp issues.

3. Swollen Gums: Swelling and tenderness around a specific tooth could be a sign of infection.

4. Darkening of the Tooth: A tooth that has become discolored (usually turning gray or dark yellow) may indicate pulp damage.

The Root Canal Procedure:

1. Consultation and X-Rays:

Your dentist will start by examining the affected tooth and taking X-rays to determine the extent of the damage.

2. Local Anesthesia:

To ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free during the procedure, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area.

3. Access Opening:

A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber.

4. Cleaning and Shaping:

The infected or damaged pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, disinfected, and reshaped.

5. Filling:

The cleaned root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal the space and prevent reinfection.

6. Restoration:

In most cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will need a crown to protect and strengthen it, as it can become brittle over time.

After the Root Canal:

After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort or mild pain, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients can resume their regular activities the following day.

Benefits of a Root Canal:

1. Pain Relief: Root canals alleviate severe tooth pain caused by pulp infection or damage.

2. Tooth Preservation: This procedure saves your natural tooth, which is usually the best option for oral health and aesthetics.

3. Efficient Chewing: Restoring the tooth’s function allows you to chew and speak without difficulty.

4. Prevention of Infection: Root canals remove the source of infection, preventing it from spreading to other parts of your body.


Root canal treatment is a vital dental procedure that can rescue a severely damaged or infected tooth, providing pain relief and preserving your natural smile. If you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a need for a root canal, don’t delay—consult with Dr. Aakash Shah at Jehangir Hospital, Pune to explore your treatment options and ensure your oral health.

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