There are risks that come along with dental surgery and root canal surgery is no exception. There are problems which can occur when you have root canal work done and these complications can cause severe health problems including a phenomenon known as toxic tooth (also referred to as toxic root canal).
One main problem area that is distinct to root canal surgery is that after the operation bacteria within the now sealed tooth continues to breed and begins to find its way into the bloodstream where it wreaks havoc on the patient's immune system.
Symptoms of toxic tooth syndrome will generally begin displaying itself shortly after the dental surgery is performed.
Why Would Problems Occur After Root Canal Surgery?
Although the main bulk of pulp from a tooth is removed during surgery, within the root of the tooth there remain hundreds of thousands of tiny tubules (designed to carry nutrients to the tooth) and these are the pathway that the now enclosed bacteria use to travel throughout the body.
Dentists fill the main cavity of the tooth but have no means of removing or filling the approximately 1.5 million microscopic tubules within each tooth. With the death of the tooth these tiny tubes also begin to die and to rot. Some initial bacteria may also still be present within the enclosed tooth because of remaining infectious material at the time of surgery.
In either case, the bacteria from this now rotting material then enters into the blood stream of the infected person, and begins causing residual health problems.
The second reasoning as to why Toxic Tooth can occur from root canal surgery is due the materials that are used to seal and fill the cavity of the tooth. These materials may themselves be poisonous to the body and begin to seep into the patients blood stream They may be just foreign enough to cause a continuous immune system response to begin within the body.
Knowing the Facts will Help you Make Responsible Choices
Serious complications can arise if a diseased tooth is not properly cared for so visiting your dentist on a regular basis to care for your dental needs is indeed just as important to your over all health as is keeping regular appointments with your general practitioner.
But what happens when even doing the right thing doesn't work? There are times when even good dental work goes bad.
Knowing all the risks involved with your dental procedures is very important. Before you undergo any surgical procedure it is well worth taking that extra minute or two to investigate all the benefits versus risks of the procedure.
Confused as to What a Root Canal Involves?
A root canal is a dental therapy whereby an infected or dead tooth can be treated without removing the tooth itself.
The center nerve tissue of the tooth is removed by hollowing out the tooth chamber, the cavity is sterilized, a new filling material is installed, and then the tooth is sealed with either an amalgam, porcelain, or gold cap.
Root canal work is a very common dental procedure which approximately 25 million Americans undergo every year. Many people have no residual side effects and go on to live out their normal lives. However many others do suffer ill effects and they enter into a world of health complications brought on by their standard root canal treatment that they presumed to be safe.
Note that Amalgam is now also being studied for its possible health risks.
Thus Came Dr. Weston Price's Research into Toxic Root Canal
Dr. Weston Price brought up the issue of toxic root canal way back in the 1940's. His research into this phenomenon was so extensive and accurate that it is still considered valid and current even today.
Unfortunately Dr. Price's life work lies in the most part hidden away, it is very rarely discussed with patients or taught to upcoming dentistry students, and this despite the fact that "Toxic Root Canal" is still acknowledged as a very serious dental issue.
Dr. Price's research revolved around the bacterial concept and involved the implanting of teeth which had been extracted from root canal work, normal or newly extracted wisdom teeth, and general foreign objects such as coins or pieces of glass into tens of thousands of rabbits.
Although the teeth from root canal procedures were sterilized before implanting them, the rabbits generally died shortly after receiving them Those that lived generally went on to develop degenerative illnesses.
The test subjects showed no response when other objects, or "normal teeth" were implanted into the animal. Instead the rabbits merely formed new skin over the object. Despite his many continued trials Dr. Price's research remained consistent in its findings. All evidence pointed towards a toxicity within the teeth removed during root canal work.
Further research done by Dr. Boyd Haley of the University of Kentucky indicates that up to 75 percent of teeth from root canal work may have bacterial infections remaining within the tubules.
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