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Cigarette Smokers and Root Canal Treatments

Cigarette Smokers and Root Canal TreatmentsRoot canal treatments are dental procedures that can treat and preserve teeth that may have otherwise been at risk of extraction. Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, may recommend a root canal treatment if you have extensive decay, severe damage or an infection that has affected the pulp of the tooth.

A new report reveals that smokers may be at an increased risk for needing root canal treatments. According to the American Dental Associations, men who smoke are nearly twice as likely to need root canal therapy. Other risk factors included the presence of crowns, age, bone loss and cavities.

The study, which was published in the “Journal of Dental Research,” followed a group of men for nearly 30 years. They received dental evaluations every three years in which the study authors examined participants for calculus, cavities, tooth mobility, restorations and periodontal disease. Former smokers were found to have a reduced risk that decreased as the time since they had last smoked increased.

Smoking cigarettes has been associated with not just an increased risk of root canal treatment but also an increased risk of periodontal disease and other medical and dental conditions. This study reveals that smoking can have many widespread repercussions, but smokers can take a proactive approach by cutting down or quitting. Quitting smoking can be difficult, thanks to the addictive qualities of nicotine. However, with the right support, healthy lifestyle choices and medication when necessary, many smokers are able to quit successfully.

Contact Dr. Mirani, expert in root canal in Beverly Hills, today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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