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I have an old root canal with a large infection and my endodontist recommended re-treatment, though the prognosis is 'guarded'. In the meantime I've been dealing with chronic candidiasis, which is typical in individuals with a suppressed immune system. I follow a very strict, healthy diet and lifestyle and doctors have found no other issue. Could this infection be an indirect cause of the yeast overgrowth, because of its effect in the immune system? If so, extraction may be best. Thanks!
Your candidiasis and your odontogenic infection have nothing to do with each other. I agree with Dr. Ron Wright in regard to the need for the tooth to be evaluated at the first retreatment appointment. An Endodontist or a General Dentist who is experienced in retreatment can give you a much better diagnosis after removal of the failing root canal treatment. Anyone who treats such teeth will give a "guarded" prognosis because of potential complications.
Nothing, implant or bridge will ever be as natural as your own retained tooth. In my mind if all infection can be eradicated and the tooth can be retained for 5-10 years it is best to retreat the root canal. Others may argue that extraction, site preservation, and implant is the best long term treatment. This of course is viable and may be necessary in the future; however I have seen many retreated teeth last indefinitely.
Regardless of your decision about this tooth, a cause for the chronic yeast infection and proper treatment for it is also mandatory.