Single Sitting Root Canal Treatment is one of the most advancing Branch of Endodontics. Traditionally, root canal treatment was performed in multiple visits, with the use of extra disinfecting agents (intracanal dressing) besides the anti-bacterial solutions that is used during the cleaning and shaping procedure which mainly aims to reduce or eliminate microorganisms and their by-products from the root canal system before obturation
But now, with revolutionary changes in concepts in root canal treatment, Single sitting root canal treatment is considered as a routine & painless procedure even in non-vital teeth cases. Statistics reveals that single visit endo procedure causes pain less frequently than multiple visit endodontic procedure.
Single Visit RCT Advantages
The main advantage of this treatment is that you don’t have to take out two or more days from your schedule for multiple root canal sittings, and there is little to no difference in cost as compared to traditional multi-visit procedures. In fact, since you will typically pay separately for each visit, a single sitting RCT works out more affordable too!
Here’s what happens during the treatment:
Access is created to the pulp chamber.
Infected pulp and damaged nerve is taken out using rotary files.
The space is washed with antiseptic solution.
Once dry and clean, the space is sealed with special biocompatible material called G.P. (Gutta Purcha) Points.
Temporary filling of cavity is done, which will later be replaced by permanent Silver/composite filling.
Ideally, capping of the tooth should follow the root canal treatment.
The entire procedure typically takes only 30-60 minutes, but in case of multi-canal systems it can take up to 90 minutes.
Who can undergo single sitting RCT
Any patient who needs a root canal is eligible for single visit treatment, and there is only one prerequisite that needs to be met – no pus accumulation/swelling. X-Ray can confirm the absence or presence of pus in the form of Periapical Radiolucency.
In case there is pus/swelling, the dentist will clean the space, allow the pus to drain and then apply an ointment and close up the opening with a temporary filling. The rest of the procedure will then be conducted in a second sitting, after the swelling and pus formation has subsided.
If you’ve been told to get a root canal and have been holding off just because you can’t set aside the time for multiple dental visits, schedule a single sitting RCT right away!