October 8, 2019
We had an interesting case in the clinic on 10/8/19, a woman with Raynaud’s syndrome. Raynaud’s is an autoimmune condition where the fingers especially will have the blood flow cut off spontaneously for rather benign stressors such as cold or emotional stress. This woman had Raynaud’s to the degree that the end joint of a little finger was completely black and necrotic.
During the exam, she was asked about her dental condition and she revealed she had a root canal done on tooth #18 (a bottom left molar). When did the root canal happen? 3 or 4 years ago. When did the Raynaud’s appear? 3 or 4 years ago. The significance is that tooth #18 affects the arteries.
A significant clinical question is to find what is the cause is as opposed to just treating symptoms. At this point this woman should have #18 extracted. It is a dead tooth. See “Root Canal Coverup” by George Meinig DDS for more information. An overriding principle is “Remove the obstacle to cure”.
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