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Root Canal Safety and Treatment

When the nerve inside of a tooth becomes infected with bacteria, sometimes it is possible to save the tooth by performing root canal therapy. This is done by removing the nerve tissue and cleaning the inside of the nerve space. If the root is cracked or any bacteria is left behind during this process, the tooth can become a source of chronic infection in the body. The main reason for safety concerns when it comes to root canal therapy is that all of the bacteria is removed for a successful treatment outcome. It is possible to remove almost all of the bacteria, but impossible to completely sterilize the tooth. Modern methods of root canal therapy are quite effective and allow teeth to be saved for several years. It is important for patients to know that root canal therapy is the last effort to save a tooth with a large cavity or nerve inflammation. If a root canal is not possible, or a root canal fails, the next alternative is to remove the infected tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

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What is the solution for root canal safety?

It is important to find a qualified dentist who is skilled at performing root canals and understands the importance of effective removal of bacteria to avoid negative treatment outcomes. It is important that your dentist carefully examines the tooth to be sure it is eligible for root canal therapy.


Which teeth are candidates for a root canal?

Teeth without cracks, teeth with acute pulpal inflammation or teeth that do not have a significant amount of bacterial infection are often good candidates for root canal therapy. In the majority of cases, these teeth can be treated.


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What about abscessed or infected teeth?

When a tooth has been infected for a long time, it can develop an abscess. Treating these teeth with root canals usually does not give the patient a good long-term solution because when the infection is more extensive, it is nearly impossible to remove all of the bacteria. When bacteria is left behind, it results in a chronic low-grade infection that destroys bone.


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Patients who are otherwise healthy may have strong enough immune systems to tolerate this type of low grade infection, but patients who are dealing with autoimmune disorders or have other inflammatory medical conditions may struggle to manage their health as a result of this infection. Even in healthy patients, infected teeth can add stress to the immune system and contribute to other health problems.


What are my options if a root canal will not work?

If a tooth does not have a good prognosis for root canal therapy, it is best to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. When teeth are removed, it is important to consider replacing them due to the negative consequences of having missing teeth. Over time, adjacent teeth will shift into the missing space. This can cause problems with chewing, gum disease, cavities and adds stress to the adjacent teeth. It is possible to replace missing teeth with dental implants or dental bridges.


Root Canal in dental implant

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great permanent solution for replacing missing teeth that can last a patient’s lifetime.

Root Canal in dental bridge

Dental Bridge

Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can offer patients a solution that will last several years.


If you’re concerned about your teeth or have any questions about the root canal safety and its process, feel free to make an appointment online or give us a call.

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– Dr.Kathryn Alderman


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