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Are Root Canals Really Necessary?

According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed on patients around the nation every year. In fact, each day around 41,000 root canals are completed.  

Usually extreme pain sends patients reluctantly to the dentist to seek treatment they have been avoiding, since the cause of many root canals is decay that has gone unaddressed over time. In the past, root canals were the unchallenged, go-to treatment when the inside of the tooth became too infected for a simple filling. However, in recent years they have become a controversial topic, especially with the emergence of a community of dentists who take a more natural approach.

What is a Root Canal?

Many people are familiar with the protective outer layer of the tooth, the enamel. Under the enamel is the dentin, which is a hard layer that also helps protect the tooth and is the final line of defense for the pulp. Under the dentin lies the pulp, the life of the tooth to some degree. It’s where all the blood vessels, nerves and tissue reside. It extends all the way to the tips of the root and is connected to the tissues that surround the root.

Root canals are typically performed when infection and inflammation occur in the pulp. This can be caused by decay that has gone untreated, chips or crack in the tooth, trauma that causes deep damage and many other factors.

Are There Alternatives?

Few things strike fear in the hearts of dental patients faster than hearing that they need a root canal, said Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

"Sometimes, a root canal may be necessary or the right choice for a patient depending on their circumstance," he said. "But we always try to avoid root canals in our practice by exploring every other possible treatment option. We believe teeth treated with root canals can become a stressor for the patient’s entire immune system, and correlations between cancers and autoimmune diseases have been noted."

For Schwartz and other biological and biomimetic dentists like him, root canal therapy is often replaced with treatments that help stimulate the nerves to repair themselves with the use of lasers, ozone and lifestyle changes. However, the traditional dental community stands by the use of root canal treatments in many cases.

"One reason dentists so often jump right to root canals as the recommended treatment is because spending time diagnosing the true cause of the problem can be lengthy, and in an economy of assembly-line style dentistry, getting patients in and out is the sad priority for some," Schwartz said.

So, what can you do to avoid facing a root canal or alternative treatment? Schwartz said maintaining a consistent and efficient oral hygiene routine at home along with visiting the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam can help prevent just about any oral complications.

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