What is root canal calcification?
There are two types of calcified root canals: physiologic and pathologic. Physiological refers to the changes in the pulp chamber and root canal as the body ages, with calcium material forming and the root canal gradually becoming thinner. In X-ray examination, the root canal pattern of physiological root canals is very thin or even blurred; pathological refers to the root canal filling that stimulates the pulp after root canal treatment, forming root canal calcification.
Root canal calcification is a more difficult problem in the clinical treatment of endodontic and periapical diseases. Pulp calcification is a response of the pulp tissue to stimulation and can also be an ageing change. The root canal cavity of calcified root canals becomes smaller and smaller. Eventually, the root canal cavity disappears completely and becomes a solid hard tissue. At this point, the fibrous component of the pulp increases and the blood supply to the cells decreases, resulting in complete calcification of the pulp chamber system.
Dangers of root canal calcification
Root canal calcification can cause the root canal to gradually “wither”. The root canal will slowly become mineralized. The tooth is deprived of nutrient transport and will slowly turn yellow. The tooth will then fall out as a whole. Therefore, the longer a tooth has root canal calcification, the more likely it is to fall out.
How to deal with root canal calcification?
Root canal calcification complicates the internal structure of the tooth. Dentists need to use more equipment when treating root canal calcification. First, the dentist will need to use x-rays to determine the specifics of the root canal calcification. During the treatment, the dentist will need to use a microscope to see the inside of the root canal clearly.
Does a calcified tooth need a root canal？
Root canal treatment is the most effective way to treat root canal calcification. It removes the calcified part directly and prevents the spread of calcification. Therefore, if a patient’s tooth is examined and determined to be calcified root canal. The patient should visit the nearest dental clinic as soon as possible.