Dr. Kelly talks about why Europe does not do root canals. They are a dead organ!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to treat a tooth that is infected or has become severely decayed. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected tissue from the tooth's pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and create an opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp. The damaged or infected tissue is then removed using small instruments, and the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The dentist may also fill the root canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to help support the tooth and prevent further infection.
After the root canal procedure, the tooth will typically be covered with a dental crown or filling to protect it and restore its function. Most people are able to return to normal activities soon after the procedure, although there may be some discomfort or sensitivity in the treated tooth for a few days.
Root canals are a common and effective treatment for teeth that are infected or severely decayed. Without treatment, an infected tooth can cause severe pain, abscesses, and other complications, and may eventually require extraction.
What are the risks associated with root canal procedure?
As with any dental or medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with root canal treatment, although they are relatively rare. Some of the risks associated with root canal procedures may include:
Pain and Discomfort: Pain and discomfort are common during and after a root canal procedure. However, the discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Infection: Although root canal treatment is designed to eliminate infection, there is a small risk that an infection can persist or recur after the procedure.
Nerve Damage: In rare cases, a root canal procedure may damage nerves in the tooth or surrounding area, which can lead to numbness or other sensory issues.
Fracture or Damage to the Tooth: The root canal procedure can sometimes weaken the tooth, which can lead to fractures or damage to the tooth.
Incomplete Treatment: In some cases, it may not be possible to completely remove all of the infected or damaged tissue from the tooth, which can lead to persistent pain and the need for additional treatment.
It's important to note that these risks are relatively rare, and most people experience a successful and complication-free root canal procedure. Your dentist or endodontist can provide you with more information about the potential risks and benefits of a root canal, as well as information about any specific risks that may be associated with your individual case.