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Is Your Mouth Killing You?
During root canal treatment, dentists remove the nerve together with the inflamed or infected pulp from the main canals, then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This virtually means that the tooth is dead. There is no blood supply or oxygen. The remaining tooth tissue is now a prime target for bacteria growth.
Dentine (your tooth itself) is not a solid piece of material. It is porous with hundreds of small tubes, something like a series of canals inside the tooth. If there is even one cell of bacteria left behind, the bacteria can mutate and multiply until there are literally millions of them living within the canals of your tooth, and since you have no root, you will not feel a thing, as these bacteria secrets powerful toxins. This “dead” tooth can be alive with bacteria, constantly spewing its toxic bacteria into your body.
You will have no idea that this dead tooth is causing serious problems with your immune system, and possibly causing chronic or acute health issues that your doctor will attempt to fix, but unless the tooth issue is addressed, it will never truly be resolved. You will only be treating the symptoms, not the cause.
Why don’t more dentists treat the bacteria issue? Mostly because there is a general lack of awareness that bacterial infections can exist under and inside teeth in ways that are undetectable using conventional screening methods such as x-rays.