7. Do you offer root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure carried out to retain a dead or dying tooth. A tooth can die for various reasons including dental decay, trauma, cracks and gum disease. The procedure involves cleaning out the nerve chamber when a tooth is dead or dying. In this way, the dead tooth may be kept in the mouth and can function as it did before. The procedure involves several visits to clean the main the canals of the chamber and place antiseptic pastes. Once this has been done, the canals are sealed up with a flexible filling material and the tooth is restored with a crown. Root canal teeth are very brittle and therefore a crown over the tooth can prevent the tooth cracking.
At Anokhi Dental, we do offer root canal treatment whilst being aware of current views on root canal treatment from a more biological point of view.
Research carried out by Dr Weston A. Price, a dentist in the early 1900’s raised concerns about the bacteria that were trapped inside a root canal treated tooth. He found that it was impossible to completely sterilise a dead tooth. This fact remains true today.
Dr Price’s findings showed that these were predominantly anaerobic bacteria and that they had the ability to release toxins into the body. This could cause challenges in other parts of the body including the heart, joints and brain.
His findings also revealed that approximately one quarter of people who had root canal treatment had no obvious health challenges associated with them. There are many factors to consider when deciding if root canal treatment is right for you.
At Anokhi Dental, we assess every case individually and give our recommendations based on this.