When a tooth is deeply decayed or damaged, a dentist may recommend “saving” the tooth through root canal therapy.
Because this procedure involves removing all living tissue within the tooth – the pulp – and sealing it off, the result is a dead tooth.
Yet these “root canal teeth” can become harbors of infection due to harmful bacteria and other pathogens remaining in the microscopic tubules that make up the tissue surrounding the pulp chamber. Since the tooth is still connected to the circulatory system at the root, these pathogens and their toxic metabolic waste can leave the tooth to travel to other parts of the body.
Research has linked root canal toxins to a wide range of systemic health issues, including autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, degenerative neurological issues, and some cancers.
What to Do If You Have a Problem Root Canal
Where there’s evidence that root canal teeth may be placing an undue burden on your health, you may choose to have them removed.
Before extraction, we provide nutritional and other support for your recovery and healing. If the infection is severely hindering your health, we will prescribe an antibiotic, as well.
Once the tooth is extracted, we thoroughly clean out and laser the socket – including the supporting bone – to destroy any lingering pathogens. We also flush the socket with ozone for further disinfection.
A clean, well-managed socket is critical for preserving the bone needed to support the bridge or implant used to replace the tooth.
We then place platelet rich fibrin over the surgical site. PRF is a clot we make from your own blood, which delivers nutrients to your tissues to spur regeneration and healing. It can also speed up recovery time and reduce post-operative pain.
What Happens Next?
There are three main options for replacing teeth once the extraction sites have healed: implants, bridges, and partials. In our office, we use only biocompatible, metal-free restorations and prosthetics, which you can read more about here.
G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, AIAOMT
2448 E 81st Street, Suite 1600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137