Why do dentists still perform root canal therapy?

Episode 6 of Dangers in Dentistry, originally aired on KPRZ in San Diego.

If root canals can cause so many systemic and neurological problems, why do dentists still perform root canal therapy? What are the alternatives? What questions should you ask your dentist about root canals before you have one? Discover the answers to these and other questions in this week’s episode of Dangers in Dentistry.

Dr. Marvin
San Diego, Encinitas Holistic Dentist

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  1. I did root canal , which is near to sinuses
    I am facing nasal stuffiness

    what shall I do?

  2. I had two root canals about a year ago and have been very sick since. My hair began to fall out and some turned gray beginning about a month after the procedures. My energy has declined greatly, and I’ve been getting sore throats often. There are many other symptoms that suddenly started after the root canals that I feel may be connected. I went to a doctor for bloodwork, and it indicated a high white blood cell count. I’m only in my early 20’s so this is all scary for me. I’m reluctant to have my teeth pulled because I don’t want to be toothless or have implants, but I think it may be my only option at this point.

  3. Carol Joyceb Says: February 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I had a root canal on #18 molar and it was covered with an onlay. Now, I feel like there is a “suction” like feeling when I am chewing on the upbeat. I feel as if there might be air or it is an improper fit. I no longer trust my dentist and do not know where to find a brilliant progressive dentist. I have read Root Canal Cover-Up by Meinig, and now I am worried sick about the permanent bacteria that reside as focal infections. I want my two root canals extracted, but cannot find a dentist who finds this acceptable. I live in zip code 19111. Can you help? I am listening to your audio now.

    • Any good dentist will listen to your concerns and explain all your options. We’d love to have you come out and visit us, but if a dental vacation is not in your plans, I would recommend you do a search for dentists in your area through iaomt.org (http://iaomt.org/patients/search.aspx), call the dentists you find, explain your concerns, and choose the dentists you are most comfortable with.

  4. After many years of having constant mouth pain, and living with it, I decided to have some much needed dental work done. The options were numerous and I chose implants. I have much improved all around better health since those 2 implants. I attribute my change in health to getting rid of amalgams.

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