There has been talk in the news about root canals being toxic.  Is this true?  That may be hard to determine. 

When a tooth becomes infected, it’s typically due to the nerve, or “pulp.”  When decay is removed, or when the tooth requires a crown, bacteria enter the tooth and infect the pulp. The pulp tissue dies and the tooth begins to be sensitive, inflamed, then painful and infected. It’s the body’s way of trying to get rid of the tooth. 

It’s the same response as when you have a splinter. The body creates inflammation, pus forms and when it pops, the splinter is released. 

Having the dead pulp tissue removed from an infected tooth seems to save the tooth.  However, some root canals fail, and the tooth is eventually lost. Root canals also make teeth brittle since they’re not getting nourishment through the nerve and blood vessels – so they have crowns to protect them after a root canal.  

If your dentist suggests a root canal, ask if the tooth is strong enough to support a crown afterwards, or would it be better to extract it and put in an implant?  The body seems to accept implants with a pretty good long-term success rate.

I think all dentists would agree that the best scenario is to have great  oral health  so you never need a root canal. 

For advice on root canals, implants, other dental issues or routine care, make an appointment with Dr. Dawnie Kildoo at Legacy Smile of Southern Arizona, 520-625-0131.


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