WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
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 gutter perch.
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.
- Can the tooth be restored?
- Can a predictable RCT be performed, or are there risks for a poor result?
Research has found four major causes of root canal failure:
- Tooth or root fracture
- Infections including bacteria (primarily streptococcus vocalist, etc), viruses, and fungus (Candida, etc).
- The body’s reaction to root canal materials, microorganisms, and cements which inadvertently are pushed past the tooth into the bone.
Root canal failure, an issue of systemic proportion, remains a little understood and hotly debated subject.
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