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Should root canal be finished if root is calcified?

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Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ideally

If there is an infection, then the root canal must be finished.
If there is no infection, then it is a bit more complicated. If the tooth needs a major restoration like a crown, then ideally the root canal should be finished. If no treatment is planned for the tooth, then it may be okay to leave it unfinished for now, but it needs to be monitored closely in case it does develop an infection.

In brief: Ideally

If there is an infection, then the root canal must be finished.
If there is no infection, then it is a bit more complicated. If the tooth needs a major restoration like a crown, then ideally the root canal should be finished. If no treatment is planned for the tooth, then it may be okay to leave it unfinished for now, but it needs to be monitored closely in case it does develop an infection.
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: See an endodontist

Negotiation of calcified canals is often a very difficult procedure, but an endodntist, an adequate technique with as small instruments as possible and a microscope may be a key to success.
See an endodontist.

In brief: See an endodontist

Negotiation of calcified canals is often a very difficult procedure, but an endodntist, an adequate technique with as small instruments as possible and a microscope may be a key to success.
See an endodontist.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry

In brief: Root Canal

The answer is yes, in an ideal world.
The reality is that if a canal/canals in a tooth are extremely calcified, they may not be able to be accessed without drilling so deep into the tooth that the tooth is at risk to being non restorable. Your dentist can advise you on this. They should give you the risks/benefits of chasing a calcified can versus non treatment.

In brief: Root Canal

The answer is yes, in an ideal world.
The reality is that if a canal/canals in a tooth are extremely calcified, they may not be able to be accessed without drilling so deep into the tooth that the tooth is at risk to being non restorable. Your dentist can advise you on this. They should give you the risks/benefits of chasing a calcified can versus non treatment.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail
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In brief: Depends

Sometimes a natural root canl can be done by the body, where a tooth will calcify inwardly in the canal and actually create it's own root canal treatment.
If infection is present, a minor surgical approach may be needed- an apicoectomy, which cleans out the root area directly.

In brief: Depends

Sometimes a natural root canl can be done by the body, where a tooth will calcify inwardly in the canal and actually create it's own root canal treatment.
If infection is present, a minor surgical approach may be needed- an apicoectomy, which cleans out the root area directly.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry

In brief: Calcified canals

The answer to that would best be discussed with an endodontist and general dentist in combination familiar with the tooth, bone support, periodontal condition, bite, adjacent teeth, occlusion, teatment alternatives in addition to other factors.
We can't give you a blanket yes or no answer. In generally boils down to prognosis, risk assessment and a subjective value judgment by you ; your dentist.

In brief: Calcified canals

The answer to that would best be discussed with an endodontist and general dentist in combination familiar with the tooth, bone support, periodontal condition, bite, adjacent teeth, occlusion, teatment alternatives in addition to other factors.
We can't give you a blanket yes or no answer. In generally boils down to prognosis, risk assessment and a subjective value judgment by you ; your dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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