Hello, All. This is Dr. Shivani Mangal, a root canal specialist practicing in Dwarka, New Delhi. As I mentioned in my last video, when the cavity of the tooth reaches the third layer of the tooth, which is the pulp, that’s when you need to get a root canal treatment done for your tooth. So, in today’s video, we will discuss what is this RCT or root canal treatment procedure.

First of all, there is no need to be scared or worried if your dentist or endodontist tells you that you need to undergo an RCT procedure. Gone are the days when RCT used to be a very painful experience. Today, we have the most advanced technologies that make it a very simple procedure, just like a tooth filling.

The Procedure of Root Canal Treatment and the Importance of Dental Caps

So, what is basically done in root canal treatment? The infected pulp of the tooth is removed, and the empty area is carefully cleaned and disinfected. Then, it is filled with an inert or biocompatible material known as gutta-percha. Once RCT is completed, now the tooth needs to be given a cap. Now it is very important to understand that whenever you get a root canal treatment done for your tooth, you need to get a capping done afterward because the brittleness of the tooth increases, making it three times more prone to fracture if capping is not done.

Identifying Symptoms Indicating the Need for Root Canal Treatment

Now, root canal treatment procedure there are many doubts related to it but before discussing that let me just tell you some symptoms wherein, you can have a check on your tooth at home and you can come to know that your tooth might require a root canal treatment. Firstly, if you feel a lingering sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth, then that tooth might require RCT. Secondly, if you experience spontaneous sharp pain while chewing or biting. Thirdly, if you see some pimple kind of swelling or growth in your gum area, and fourth, if you see a crack or chipping off your tooth,  then mostly that tooth will require root canal treatment.

Doubts or Facts related to RCT

Now, let’s address some doubts or facts related to RCT. The first and foremost doubt that prevents patients from getting their RCT done. Is RCT painful? Not at all, it is an entirely painless procedure. We give local anesthesia for this treatment, which numbs the area. The procedure is done very comfortably, followed by medication given for three to four days. You might feel a little soreness in that area for three to four days, but it can be very well managed. So, RCT is not at all painful. It is done in a single or two sitting depending upon the infection of your tooth.

The second doubt is how much will RCT cost. Now if I talk about the cost that really depends upon the type of tooth. For example, if you’re getting it done for your posterior teeth like premolars and molars, which are a bit more difficult to treat compared to your anterior teeth, then they would be at a higher range. But any day, RCT is very very less expensive as compared to getting your tooth removed and replacing it with an artificial one. Saving the natural truth is very very important for you to maintain your natural smile for the functioning of your tooth and believe me if root canal treatment is done properly and you maintain it properly you can have your tooth root canal treated just similar to any other natural truth for a lifetime.

So, please be aware of the symptoms, visit us for a checkup, get your tooth treated, and enjoy the foods that you love. Thank you so much!


Q: How long does a root canal procedure take?

A: The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on the complexity of the case. Generally, it can be completed in one to two appointments, lasting between 60 and 90 minutes each.

Q: What happens after a root canal treatment?

A: After a root canal treatment, a dental crown or cap is usually placed on the treated tooth to protect it and restore its function. You may experience some sensitivity initially, but it will subside as the tooth heals.

Q: Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?

A: In most cases, root canal treatment is the best option to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Alternatives include tooth extraction, which may require a dental implant or bridge to replace the missing tooth.

Q: How successful is root canal treatment?

A: Root canal treatment has a high success rate, with the majority of treated teeth lasting a lifetime. However, success depends on factors such as the condition of the tooth, oral hygiene, and proper dental care after the procedure.

Q: Can a root canal-treated tooth get reinfected?

A: While rare, a root canal-treated tooth can become reinfected if proper oral hygiene is not maintained or if there is a failure in the sealing of the canals. Regular dental check-ups can help detect any potential issues early.

Q: How much does a root canal treatment cost?

A: The cost of a root canal treatment can vary depending on factors such as the location of the tooth, the complexity of the case, and your geographic location. Generally, root canal treatments are covered by dental insurance to some extent, but it’s best to check with your provider for specific coverage details.