Alternative Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

When an infection develops inside of a tooth, the only options for treatment are extraction or root canal therapy. Although root canal therapy can preserve the function of a tooth in the mouth, concerns exist regarding the potential health risks of root canalled teeth. Unfortunately, many negative consequences also exist following tooth removal.

The present controversy of whether or not conventional root canal treatment is safe lies in the fact that some bacteria may remain in the tooth after root canal treatment is performed. These residual bacteria and their toxins may cause local damage to the surrounding bone of the tooth, or they may enter the bloodstream and cause damage to other parts of the body.

Fortunately, an alternative root filling material called Endocal 10 offers an opportunity for enhanced disinfection of the root canal. Endocal 10 is a calcium oxide based material which has
two very important properties when it comes to treating root canals—it kills bacteria because of its extremely alkaline pH and it penetrates the tooth’s porous anatomy where bacteria can hide.

The decision to remove an infected tooth or preserve it utilizing an alternative root filling material can be difficult. Dr. Freiberg will help you weigh the pros and cons of these two treatment options, allowing you to make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances and unique health conditions. 

For more information see The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology article Strategies for Biocompatible Endodontics

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Disclaimer: Most dentists are not of the view that root canals are harmful to your health.