Do Root Canal Cause Your Chronic Health Issue?

To consider dental ailments to be not a serious health issue is an err. Medical science has over the ages found numerous interconnections between health hazards and it goes without saying that the number of health complications are always on the rise.

Here Are Few FAQs Which Help You To Understand Better:

  1. Why Would A Root Canal Cause Any Trouble?
  2. What Problems Your Root Canal May Give Rise To?
  3. A Root Canal And Cardiovascular Diseases:
  4. Story of A Throat Cancer Treated With The Removal of A Root Canal Tooth:
  5. Root Canal And Type-2 Diabetes:
  6. Do All Root Canals Pose A Threat To Your Health?
  7. How Can Root Canal Infections Be Treated?

Why would a root canal cause any trouble?

Firstly, root canal is a procedure by which your dentist gets access to the pulp beneath the teeth which is infected and is causing the pain and irritation. The treatment involves removing or rather cleaning the infected pulp by puling it out and re-filling the hollow space with dental fillings. As a result, you must be under the impression that a ‘dead teeth’ can absolutely pose no harm to your overall health! But here is where you are mistaken.

A Netflix documentary bases its storyline on the very fact that there are many health anomalies whose roots can be traced back to an infected tooth in your mouth. But why so?

Basically, even though the pulp of your tooth is completely cleaned out post a RCT (root canal treatment), the micro tubules there continue to harbor some harmful pathogens, which are very difficult to be cleared off totally. Now the waste material emitted by these organisms are toxic. This gives rise to your health hazards, the chronic ones especially. It might be a persistent body ache or a feeling of fatigue almost all day long – whatever it is, dental experts today do not overlook the possibilities of relating a physical illness with your RCT!

What problems your root canal may give rise to?

The bottom line of a root canal is that the treatment has been done but the dead organ – your tooth – remains in your body and may bear serious consequences. There is no good reason to think that a dead tooth will not cause any problem! This is because, teeth are living structures with a normal blood supply from your body.since the nerve endings have been cut, the pain cannot be sensed but infections may well foster underneath the tooth. With nothing to inhibit its nourishment, the infection can easily get circulated in the body’s bloodstream.

Toxins travel through the body’s lymphatic system. And toxins originating in the mouth will travel via this system to organs like your throat and heart affecting those parts!

In order of greater prevalence, ailments that are at a higher risk of being associated with a root canal are:

  1. Heart and Circulatory Disease.
  2. Inflammation in the body like in arthritis and rheumatoidarthritis.
  3. Brain and the Nervous System Diseases.

Root Canal and Cardiovascular Diseases:

There are many medical professionals, internal medicine practitioners and cardiologists who have handled patients suffering from a heart attack, but with the perfect lipids, cholesterol and blood pressure levels! To the utmost bafflement of medical practitioners, these patients are simply believed to have no risk factors other than a sheer bad luck!

Mostly overlooked, one of the main reasons behind such sudden heart attacks could be a root canal that was done in the past. Simple infections, say carries in your teeth has the capability of doubling and tripling your heart ailments. Therefore infection from a root canal site could be even more worse a the tooth is now necrotic and therefore likely to be more toxic.

The story of a throat cancer treated with the removal of a root canal tooth:

In medical history, there have been patients who were diagnosed with later stages of cancer, but the possible cause could not be detected. After careful investigations, in one of the cases, it was found that the cancer site was lying in between two root canal teeth. Once the teeth was fully extracted, and the place treated with ozone, the issue finally healed. Thus, a root canal tooth could be affected to that dire extent, if toxicity creeps in!

A Root Canal and type-2 Diabetes:

Type-2 diabetes is associated with a considerable amount of meatbolic complications. This in turn is linked with the body’s immune system too. A periodontal disease or tooth infection can trigger physiological factors that are evident in type-2 diabetics.

Do all root canals pose a threat to your health?

The answer to this question solely depends upon the immune system of your body. Science holds it that root canals are always infected. The only differentiation lies in the fact that different bodies react to toxins in different ways and some people are inherently constitutionally better off than others. The overall toxic load from the environment also comes into account in this regard.

Repeated research have concluded that almost 100% root canals bear the risk of harboring pathogens internally. Well, even apart from bacterial infection a root canal might irritate your health for a number of other reasons. These include some flaws associated with the RCT procedure undertaken, like:

Toxicity of the Fillings: If the filling material that has been used is made of a toxic substance such as amalgam, it might cause a health issue. Amalgam is a mixture of metals that include mercury. Continuous and chronic exposure to this can trigger allergic reactions in future.

Imperfect Seal: Sealing is a skillful thing to be done. Inadequate or more than sufficient amounts of filling material enhance the chances of bacteria penetrating the seal and giving rise to another infection!

Breaking of instruments: Although rare but interventions sometimes dangerously fall prey to this. While doing the procedure, no unnecessary pressure should be given. This could break instrument parts leaving them at the site or even lead to unwanted lesions in your gums!

Sometimes a developing infection at your root canal site goes undetected in X-ray imaging. It results in serious consequences quite obviously. In such cases a CT scan is effective in showing the right results. Nevertheless, it is costlier!

How can root canal infections be treated?

The best way to keep infections at bay after your tooth has undergone a root canal is to go through a thorough cleaning procedure, that is to say, making the site almost infection free. Extracting a tooth is simply the first step. The real task is cleaning and draining the hollow site.

There are still some micro openings through the gums and jawbone. Therefore, for most dentists today, at this juncture, an ozone gas becomes indispensable. The gas is both permeable and capable of killing infections. The periodontal ligament needs to be removed too, such that the jawbone properly regrows and completely seals the hollow where the tooth was.

Nevertheless, it is completely wrong to assume that proper sanitation would kill 100% germs. This has been proved with the help of radiographic images of even well treated root canals! While the images show bacterial residuals the patient on the other hand remains asymptomatic.

In one of the research that was carried out, a disinfectant named sodium hypochlorite was used to test how much bacteria was retained back after a sterilization process and the results revealed that it was almost 50%!

Filling in the Gaps: Restoring Your Smile & Quality of Life

Life is full of unexpected surprises, and while we’d love for all of them to be smile-inducing, that’s not entirely realistic—and there may be many reasons you hide your smile. If you’re hiding your smile because of one or more missing teeth, we want you to know you’re not alone. In fact, 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth at all.

Whether the cause is tooth decay, gum disease—#1 on the list of reasons, with 50% of Americans over the age of 30 having the most severe form of periodontitis—illness, or injury, there are solutions. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt at Nelson Ridge Family Dental would like to fill you in on your options, which have expanded and improved over the years thanks to technological advancements and continuing education.

An Ounce of Prevention

You’re probably familiar with the cliché, but in case you’re not, the ending goes: “is worth a pound of cure.” At Nelson Ridge Family Dental, we believe this to be true. We hope to see smiles from all over New Lenox regularly so we can catch problems in their earlier stages and help you avoid the need for more extensive procedures. If tooth decay and/or infection within your tooth’s pulp chamber is caught in time, we might be able to salvage your tooth with a root canal, inlay or onlay, or a crown.

Ye Who Enter Here

If, however, the damage has been done and a tooth needs extraction or has already left the building, you don’t have to abandon all hope. We can either bridge the divide, or implant some pearls of strength and wisdom. If you need to replace more than a few teeth, partial and full dentures are on your list of options as well, and the dentures of today are more comfortable and natural looking than the dentures of decades past.

Let’s Get Back Together

If you’ve got a separation between two or more teeth, a little bit of relationship counseling might be helpful… kidding! What Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt can do is design a dental bridge to restore your smile’s function and beauty.


If the space where your tooth used to be has neighbors, a traditional bridge can be placed using those neighbors, which will be prepared and crowned as anchors. If the gap is in the back of your mouth and has only one tooth for anchoring, what’s called a Cantilever bridge can be crafted and bonded for security. The third type of bridge that can replace a missing tooth is called a Maryland. Maryland bridges have metal wings that are bonded directly to your neighboring teeth for support, without the need for preparing and fitting them with crowns.

Finding the Right Fit

If all or most of your teeth require replacement, dentures are another option—one that has expanded and improved over time. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt can help New Lenox residents choose which type is best for their case, between conventional, immediate, and overdentures. Going the conventional route means allowing for a healing period before they’re fitted, which can take several months. Immediate dentures can be placed after remaining teeth have been extracted, thanks to measurements being taken and models being created of your mouth and jaw during a preliminary visit. Overdentures are a great option if you have healthy teeth remaining, as they can fit over the top of your tooth roots along with implants, which gives them a more natural feel and appearance. You may experience discomfort during your adjustment period, but we will do all we can to ensure your oral health and function return.

The Long Haul

Whether you’re missing one tooth, a couple of teeth, or all of them, the #1 recommended solution by doctors and patients is dental implants. Their versatility and ability to preserve your jawbone by mimicking your tooth root are unmatched. Dental implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium that are inserted into your jawbone, fitted with an abutment, and then capped with a beautiful, durable, porcelain crown, bridge, or a full set of dentures. Besides them bearing the closest resemblance physically and aesthetically to your natural teeth, they can also last a lifetime with proper care.

The Final Verdict

The jury is not out when it comes to replacing missing teeth. It’s important not just because the hole they leave can hurt your self-confidence—it can also hurt your oral health. Surrounding teeth may shift and alter your bite, and without that root, your jawbone starts to deteriorate, causing a sunken-in facial appearance. If you’ve been missing one or more teeth for a while, you know it also impacts your diet and the way you speak. Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, and Dr. Eberhardt are able and would be honored to restore your smile to the healthy, beautiful state you deserve. Contact Nelson Ridge Family Dental today to make an appointment!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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