If you’ve ever felt the agonizing pain of a toothache, you’ve probably heard of the all so familiar solution of a root canal. While root canals have long been regarded as “safe and effective”, historically they were never intended to be a long term treatment option.

While a root canal will get you out of pain, often times it comes with a price that can be even more detrimental to your health.

Here’s a few of them…

Bacterial Reservoirs:
Root canals involve the removal of infected tissue and sealing off the tooth’s root. However, research suggests that even with the best techniques, it may be impossible to completely eradicate all bacteria from the complex root canal system. This can potentially create a long-term bacterial reservoir, contributing to chronic infections and compromising your overall health.

Hidden Inflammation:
Hidden inflammation is a sneaky culprit that often goes unnoticed. Studies have shown that even properly treated and sealed root canals can harbor low-grade chronic inflammation in the surrounding tissues. This chronic inflammation can have systemic implications, affecting your immune system and potentially impacting your overall health and well-being.

Every individual is unique, and our bodies may react differently to foreign materials. Root canal filling material typically consists of synthetic materials, such as gutta-percha and sealants. Some individuals may experience adverse reactions or sensitivity due to their biocompatibility.

It’s crucial to be aware of these potential risks.

I believe in giving you informed consent to be empowered to make the best decisions for your well-being. The reality is… in some situations a well performed root canal by an endodontic specialist can the best option for various reasons, including a patient’s desires and goals. However, a patient has to know the risks and understand their situation to make the best decision for themselves.

We offer alternative treatment options that prioritize your well-being while getting you out of pain. To learn more about alternative therapies, check out our website.

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