You may not be aware, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding Root Canals. Many dentists are no longer performing Root Canals, and scientific research is beginning to shed light on the dangers of the practice. Yet the American Dental Association and other professional organizations insist that they are safe. What is the truth about root canals? Should you get one?
What is a Root Canal?
A Root Canal is a procedure in which the dead tissue and bacteria from a deep cavity is removed before being filled. The procedure is done with the cavity goes down into the root. The idea behind a Root Canal is to preserve the tooth, which is usually desirable for aesthetic appearances and effective chewing. Even though the tooth remains, the tooth is considered dead.
Is all the bacteria removed?
Scientific research has revealed that not all of the bacteria from the infected area is removed through a Root Canal. About 40 percent of bacteria is removed in most cases. In every case studied by researchers, at least some bacteria remained after the Root Canal.
What are the dangers?
The bacteria that is left behind during a Root Canal can cause many health problems. While certain bacteria is common in the mouth, when it has led to an infection it becomes dangerous. Some of the conditions that may occur include malaise, inflammation and abscess in the head or neck. Infection in the mouth can also lead to seemingly unrelated health problems.
What should I do?
There are several alternatives to a Root Canal. To fully release the bacteria and heal the area, the tooth should really be removed. From there, you have several options such as a variety of dental implant methods, a bridge, or a partial. Each alternative has its advantages and disadvantages. If you would like to learn more about your options, contact us at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry.