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My dentist advised me to have rct for 2 front teeth out of which one is a dead tooth because of trauma. Now, i need to travel in couple of days and shall be away for couple of months. So the dentist suggested that she can fill the cavity with cotton and do the final treatment once i am back. What would you advise?

PAST HISTORY : Had a fall when i was kid. I went to the dentist and when she did an XRAY, we saw that front 2 teeth have been infected at the root.

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If the infection at the root of the tooth is mild or negligible, then dentist may treat the tooth in single sitting only. However, If the infection is severe then you may have to go for several visits for the complete removal of the infection. Meanwhile the dentist can open the canal and fill it with cotton as this may reduce the pain and severity of the infection....this is called Open Dressing..

It is absolutely fine to delay the final filling of the root canal treatment provided the cotton is sealed with temprory filling material so that there are lesser chances of re-infection.

i would not agree with leaving the treatment incomplete. this may lead to infection that could be worse than what you have. your tooth will be weakened due to the access cavity and liable to fracture. either wait till you get back and DO NOT TOUCH the tooth at all (if you have no trouble now) or FINISH the treatment and leave. make sure you are carrying medication in either case.

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