CAN A FAILED ROOT CANAL HAVE A SYSTEMIC EFFECT ON THE BODY?
When we consider that a tooth is an open biological system which communicates with the body, whether alive or dead following a root canal, the question of systemic effects on the body becomes an important issue.
Root canal infections also have close access to blood circulation and systemic dissemination (Tronstad, 1992). One study, performed during root canal therapy, isolated bacteria from the blood stream of patients (Debihan, 1995). That leaves us with a basic question which has yet to be thoroughly investigated.
A root canal-treated (RCT) or root-filled tooth is one in which the dental nerve, commonly called the pulp, is intentionally removed and is filled with an inert material called gutta percha.
Once an RCT is performed, the tooth must be restored with a post and a crown. These will strengthen the tooth and prevent a crack or fracture from developing after treatment. A good analogy is a tree branch. When it’s alive, it flexes or bends when pressure is applied. On the other hand, a dead branch, like an RCT, will break under the same stress.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF ROOT CANALS?
The pro of a root canal is obvious: the painful or dead tooth is treated and extraction is avoided. But we must ask two key questions before starting a root canal.
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