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Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw,mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw,mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Anecdotal Record: There is no scientific evidence that root canals cause cancer to the jaw, mouth, throat or lymph nodes. Root canal treatment may save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What can cause a root canal crack?

What can cause a root canal crack?

A Post: A post placed into the canal after a root canal can cause the root to crack. The post is placed to help anchor the crown if there is not enough tooth structure remaining. The post does not strengthen the tooth; it actually weakens the tooth. Undue forces applied when inserting a post aggressively can cause a crack. ...Read more

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Can bacteria in unfinished root canal cause sepsis?

Can bacteria in unfinished root canal cause sepsis?

Yes...: If the bacteria in your mouth gets into your bloodstream, you can end up with sepsis. This may not happen but it is a possibility so follow up with your dentist asap. Call your doctor or go to the er if you develop symptoms of infection like fever, chills, malaise, etc. ...Read more

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Can unsuccessful root canal (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Can unsuccessful root canal  (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Failed RCT: A failed root canal can become infected and infections can spread in bone and cause destruction to surrounding bone and tissues. Therefore, it requires prompt treatment-- either re-treatment, surgery or extraction of tooth. See an Endodontist for an evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Are root canals linked to breast cancer?

Are root canals linked to breast cancer?

Unsupported myth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and breast cancer. ...Read more

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Will root canals lead to tooth discoloration?

Most of the time: Sometimes teeth that have had root canal will discolor since the tooth is no longer "alive". There is no blood supply to the tooth and tends to be more likely to chip or fracture, so usually a crown would be recommended on a tooth after a root canal. ...Read more

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Will root canal affect or cause any problem on nearby tooth?

Will root canal affect or cause any problem on nearby tooth?

No, it will not.: If done properly a root canal will have no adverse effect on neighboring teeth. However, it you need a root canal and do not get it done, the resulting infection could damage neighboring teeth. Bottom line - if you need it get the root canal done. ...Read more

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Root canal or tooth extraction and health. What are chronic problems associated with root canals or tooth extractions?

Usually none. : Usually no chronic problems are associated with root canal therapy. However, if you extract a tooth & do not replace it, then you may have drifting, shifting, and malocclusion of your other teeth. This could be considered a chronic complication of unreplaced extracted teeth. If root canals are done properly and subsequently restored, chronic conditions are not normally found . Take care... ...Read more

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Can teeth root issues cause dizziness?

Can teeth root issues cause dizziness?

Infection: If teeth or gums/bone are infected can cause all sorts of systemic problems. Please see dentist asap re: "root issues." please see physician asap re: dizziness." you can't fix this yourself...Get help. ...Read more

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Can having a root canal cause facial pain?

Can having a root canal cause facial pain?

Yes: If you are continuing to have pain after having a root canal, go back to the dentist or endodontist that provided the treatment and have them check to diagnose the reason for your continued pain. You may still have infection present or have another issue developing. ...Read more

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Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

No!: However, tooth decay and poor dental health can cause systemic effects including increased blood vessel inflammation and repeated bacteria in the blood stream. It probably increases the risk of cardiovascular disease as well. ...Read more

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Can bacteria spread to your brain from an incomplete root canal procedure?

Technically yes: Although extremely rare, most any infection can spread to other organs via your bloodstream. If you have unfinished dental treatment, then finish it. Chances are you will not have an infection spread to your brain, but that you will loose the tooth if you do not complete your care. ...Read more

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Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis spread to cause nerve damage?

Can endometriosis spread to cause nerve damage?

Not damage but pain: Endo has been well documented on the sciatic nerve and also the obturator nerve. This causes intense, sharp electric shock type pain in the area the nerve goes - the sciatic down the back of the leg, and the obturator typically behind the knee. Once the endo is surgically excised, usually the pain is immediately resolved and there is usually not any permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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Could dental veneers cause root canals?

Could dental veneers cause root canals?

Possible ?: Possible? Yes. Likely? No. In the hands of an experienced dentist and with proper precautions, the risk of this is very small. Any time a drill is used on teeth, there is always a risk of inflammation and irreversible damage to the nerve of the tooth. More often, the tooth would have required root canal therapy anyway due to previous decay or dental treatment. ...Read more

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read more

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Loose tooth post-root canal & crowning, how can this be remedied?

Loose tooth post-root canal & crowning, how can this be remedied?

Loose from?: If the crown is loose, intact and no caries, the crown might be able to be re-cemented. If the structure inside the crown is decayed or fractured, at least a new post and crown. If the tooth is unrestorable due to root fracture, periodontal breakdown, untreatable infection, etc. an extraction would be in order. This needs to be evaluated in person by a dentist who can discuss your options. ...Read more

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