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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:17 PM

11. While not a dentist, I, too, have spent much of my life in the dental field.

You clearly state the options when a tooth is in trouble due to infection, decay,
or deterioration. And often the best choice for the patient is to have RCT to save the tooth.

It is incorrect to state that root canal therapy completely removes all infection
and totally sterilizes the tooth. It is likely that most RCT teeth have some residual
bacteria which cause no symptoms or any health issues in healthy people with strong immune
systems. There is some risk that the tooth will later have symptoms and need retreatment or root surgery (apicoectomy).

Most people can live successfully for many years with a RCT tooth. I have not seen
this movie. I am sure that it is not based on science and is most likely to scare people into
having stable RCT teeth removed. That is unfortunate. But root canals are not ideal
and neither are implants. Both are a compromise and patients need to know the
risks of both for making the best decisions regarding their dentistry.


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