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Dr. Rachana

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My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them....more
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Dr. Rachana is a popular Dentist in Borivali West, Mumbai. She is currently practising at Dr Rachana Khot's The Dental Lounge in Borivali West, Mumbai. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Rachana on Lybrate.com.

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D/16, Sailesh Apartment, S V P Road, Borivali West. Landmark: Near Devidas Lane Flyover, MumbaiMumbai Get Directions
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How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

BDS (Gold Medalist)
Dentist, Gurgaon
How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

Most people are understandably concerned when they start to have sensitivity, biting discomfort, or other unusual symptoms. Quickly your mind can jump to the worst case scenario and all of a sudden you’re thinking “I might need a root canal? Oh no!”.

Let’s go over what your dentist looks for and what you can look for to know whether you need a root canal.

SENSITIVITY

Sensitivity to hot or cold can be the first sign that something is going wrong with your tooth… or it can be nothing at all.

When you’re ok…

If something hot or cold hits your tooth and you have a quick, painful sensation that goes away in a couple of seconds, this is fairly normal.

When you need a root canal…

If that same hot or cold hits your tooth and it continues to hurt for 15-20 seconds or even minutes, the nerve is likely in the process of dying and you’ll need a root canal.

PAIN

Tooth pain comes in a variety of ways. There can be aching, shooting, throbbing, stabbing, electrical, burning, tingling, constant, dull, or severe pains. You can have a combination of these.

When you’re ok…

A dull ache or occasional minor sharp pains aren’t terribly unusual. These can be the sign that you have a cavity, bit on something wrong, or are having sinus problems. As long as it doesn’t become severe, these don’t usually signal the need for a root canal.

When you need a root canal…

Constant severe pain that comes on all by itself or after a stimulus of some sort is not normal. This almost always indicates that you need a root canal. Pain that is strong enough to wake you up at night is a great indicator of this as well. Most of the time, this type of pain comes presents as a throbbing severe pain. Most people say it feels like the tooth throbs along with your heartbeat.

SWELLING

Swelling is usually the sign of infection. Figuring out whether it is related to your tooth or not is the big trick in knowing whether you need a root canal.

When you’re ok…

A number of things other than an abscessed tooth can show up as swelling of the gums, lips, or cheek. The most common are related to gum disease of some sort. Gum disease is a chronic, long term infection of the gums around your teeth. Occasionally this infection can get out of control and cause some significant swelling. Other less likely things that can cause swelling include mucoceles, fibromas, other growths, or trauma.

When you need a root canal…

Swelling that is associated with an infection of your tooth (an abscessed tooth) means you most definitely need a root canal. The nerve inside the tooth has died and all this tissue inside has now become infected. The tooth acts as a constant source of infection that affects the bone and other tissues around your tooth. A root canal removes all this infected tissue and allows your body to heal.

If your tooth is abscessed you’ll usually have pain when you touch the tooth or bite with it. The swelling typically occurs next to or around the tooth but can also move further away so that it looks like it is coming from somewhere else.

BITING PAIN

Biting pain is another one of those tricky ones. Biting pain can be related to an infection, trauma, a failing filling, or a cracked tooth.

When you’re ok…

A failing filling or cracked tooth don’t always mean you need a root canal. You may just need a new filling or crown instead. Cracked teeth are more likely to need a root canal in the future though.

Some people also have trauma to teeth as a result of an accident or from grinding and clenching their teeth. This can lead to pain, especially when biting. If you’ve had recent trauma give the tooth some time to settle down before jumping to the conclusion you need a root canal. If you’re a grinder consider investing in a night guard to reduce the force on your teeth.

When you need a root canal…

An infected tooth means you definitely need a root canal. No way out of this one.

A cracked tooth that has developed significant pain, sensitivity, or in which the crack extends into the nerve means that it would need a root canal.

LARGE CAVITIES

Cavities are no fun. Large cavities are even less fun, especially when you end up needing a root canal. X-rays of your tooth can show the rough extent of a cavity but don’t tell the whole story. Your dentist will only know it’s full extent once they clean it all out of the tooth.

When you’re ok…

If the cavity doesn’t extend to the nerve of the tooth once your dentist removes it, then you’re in the clear, at least for the time being. If it is really close to the nerve you may develop symptoms in the future that mean you need a root canal. Most dentists try to avoid going into the nerve space when at all possible in order to give your tooth a chance.

When you need a root canal…

If the cavity is removed and the nerve of the tooth is exposed then it will need a root canal. In very rare cases where the opening to the pulp chamber is only a pinpoint your dentist may do what is known as a pulp cap and try to let the tooth heal itself. Long term, you’ll probably still end up needing a root canal at some point.

This can be a good guide of whether you need a root canal, but it is important to know that there are many times when you could need a root canal without even knowing it. I’ve seen plenty of infected teeth or teeth with extremely large cavities in which the person had no idea there was a problem at all. The best prevention for root canals is good oral hygiene, reducing sugar and acid in your diet, and seeing your dentist consistently so they can catch things early.

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My age is 20 my mouth is open with only one finger .So what I should do to fix it?

BDS
Dentist, Patna
My age is 20 my mouth is open with only one finger .So what I should do to fix it?
Yes it seems you have tobacco chewing habbit. One finger mouth opening is dangerous condition, may be because of fibrous band formed in your oral mucosa stop the habit, take multivitamin antioxident for atleast 1 month, takr S M fibro for one month & contact your local dentist.
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Any blood tests needed for dental treatment like root canal filling I heard it in a internet site is it true why blood report needed for tooth.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Any blood tests needed for dental treatment like root canal filling I heard it in a internet site is it true why bloo...
It is needed to know whether you have any systemic infection, are the blood cells normal or it can cause complications... and other things..
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Anybody can tell me what's the approx. Cost of doing Veneers. I want to fill the space between my upper two teeth. Thank you.

FDSRCS, MOrth RCS, MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Sonipat
Anybody can tell me what's the approx. Cost of doing Veneers. I want to fill the space between my upper two teeth.
Th...
Two types veneers are there. Composite veneers cost approximately 2000- 3000 per tooth and porcelain veneers 6000 -10000 per tooth.
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I am a diabetes patient l want medicine for its treatment l am suffering from tooth ache.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
I am a diabetes patient l want medicine for its treatment l am suffering from tooth ache.
We need more investigations with clinical examination to decide upon treatment. You may need cleaning, root canal treatment & capping. Until then apply clove oil on the decayed tooth. Rinse frequently with mouth wash.
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Hello sir, im 24 years old. I have gap between my teeth and I want treatment without braces. Is it possible ?i want treatment without braces. Please give me some advice im from agra so tell me a Dr. Of agra.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Hello sir, im 24 years old. I have gap between my teeth and I want treatment without braces. Is it possible ?i want t...
U may get vineers or caps depending on gap consult a prosthodontist if you want without braces a list of Dr. in your vicinity is available on this site itself.
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MDS, BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
How do I know I have dental erosion?
Dental erosion -Erosion usually shows up as hollows in the teeth and a general wearing away of the tooth surface and biting edges. This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellower colour than the enamel. Because the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be more sensitive to heat and cold, or acidic foods and drinks.
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I often have severe mouth ulcers. Pl. Advise can I take tablet containing vitamin b 12 c and folic acid and iron. Is it useful.

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
I often have severe mouth ulcers. Pl. Advise can I take tablet containing vitamin b 12 c and folic acid and iron. Is ...
Hello Lybrate user, for mouth ulcers, you can apply ora G on affected area. Vita min B12 is also effective. Drink plenty of water.
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I got braces 4 days ago. N I got metal bands also. Due to metal band I m unable eat. Chewing is not possible. I consulted my orthodonist she said she cant do anything. What shall I do. Is metal bands are necessary. Please give your valuable suggestion

Certification in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (PGCOI), M.Sc - Master of Oral Implantology (MOI), Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist, Rajkot
Do not worry continue with this it will take some time now a days clear aligner(no braces)treatment is available
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I am 28 years male. Suffering from dental pain at left upper m1 and m2. The dentist took the xray and explained as m2 is completely infected and m1 is infected but in the outermost layer of enamel.

BDS
Dentist, Pune
I am 28 years male. Suffering from dental pain at left upper m1 and m2. The dentist took the xray and explained as m2...
After looking at x ray and symptoms I agree with your dentist. Both tooth require immediate treatment. Visit your dentist as soon as possible and get your treatment done.
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