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Root canal is “a dental procedure to treat deep dental cavities” that have already progressed into the tooth’s roots, according to WellnessMama.com.
In treating such dental cavity, the infected tooth pulp will be removed, cleaned, and filled with dental filling.While the tooth is retained, the tooth itself is considered dead because the living tissue inside it has already been replaced with dental filling materials.
However, this procedure has been a controversial topic in the dental world, and the question remains: is root canal safe?
First of all, the American Association of Endodontists said that “there is no evidence that root canals could be linked to cancer or any other inflammatory diseases.”
On the other hand, it is said that root canal can cause infection inside and outside of the root canals, accumulation of cholesterol crystals, cystic lesions, and scar tissue healing of the root canal site.
In addition, bacteria appear to linger even though the root canal procedure is already over.These bacteria can cause inflammation throughout the body and cause fever or cellulitis in the head and neck area in worse cases.
However, if you reach to the point where you will be needing a root canal procedure, there are its pros and cons, but there are other options if you want:
* Dental implants (tooth with cavity is removed and replaced with a metal implant)
* Dental bridge
* Partial denture (using a removable denture as a replacement for the extracted tooth)
* Removal of infected teeth (as recommended by holistic health experts)
Moreover, it is best to practice oral care to prevent any oral health issues and resorting to expensive and even painful dental procedures such as root canal.