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.
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?
The cons or risks with an RCT are less obvious. They center on the fact that a tooth is an “open” biological system which interacts with the body. In other words, anything placed into the tooth will eventually find its way into the body and may interact with a susceptible cell or organ.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS ONCE A ROOT CANAL IS INEVITABLE?
It’s important to understand that all teeth problems are unique. No treatment is universal. Individual circumstances may dictate that a specific treatment is not an option. Or perhaps one option will offer a superior result over another.
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