Good evening Ms. lybrate-user, please go through following points
1. 25 million endodontic treatments are performed every year, safely and effectively. If it were true
that root canals caused diseases like cancer
, there would be much more information about it
available in peer-reviewed scientific publications, and root canals would not be the preferred
treatment option to save teeth.
2. There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the
body. Data showing that “97 percent of cancer patients had root canal treatment
” has not been
published anywhere. There is no causality between root canals and cancer; just because a person
has experienced both doesn’t mean a cause-and-effect relationship exists.
3. Claims that root canals are not safe are based on research that’s nearly 100 years old and has long
4. As recently as 2013, a study published in a journal of the american medical association (jama
otolaryngology—head & neck surgery
) found that a patient’s risk of cancer doesn’t change after
having a root canal treatment; in fact, patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45
percent reduced risk of cancer.
5. Advancements in medicine, techniques and technologies have made endodontic treatment a
more predictable, successful treatment than ever before. Today, digital imaging, rubber dams,
rotary instruments, powerful disinfectants and medicated filling materials help ensure successful
root canal treatment.
6. When a severe infection
in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to
eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal
, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the
7. The only alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction of the tooth. Extraction is a traumatic
procedure and is known to cause a significantly higher incidence of bacteria entering the
8. You wouldn’t cut off your hand if you broke a finger, so why would you extract your natural
tooth if it could be saved? Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth - it should be
saved whenever possible. Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is usually
faster and less expensive than extraction and implant surgery. In most cases, endodontic
treatment allows patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
9. Media reports stemming from a study published in the september 10, 2015, issue of nature
claim that the proteins that indicate alzheimer’s disease
may be transmitted from one person to
another during medical procedures including root canal treatment. There is no evidence that
root canal treatment is a risk factor for alzheimer’s disease.
10. There is nothing definitive in the nature study. It involved a small sample of eight patients who
died from mad cow disease. The brain tissues of seven patients showed signs of the protein
associated with alzheimer’s but they had no symptoms of alzheimer’s. The study authors
speculate that the proteins were transmitted when the patients had injections to treat their mad
11. While the prion protein has reportedly been transmitted to medical patients through exposure
to blood, inadequately sterilized neurosurgical instruments and a variety of cadaver-derived
materials, there has never been a confirmed case of cjd transmitted through dental treatment.
12. There are procedures in place to minimize infection risk from endodontic instruments such as
files and reamers. Many endodontists employ single-use instruments and, if not, instruments
are thoroughly sterilized prior to each use.
13. The study author said, ““it is possible our findings might be relevant to some other medical or
surgical procedures, but evaluating what risk, if any, there might be requires much further
research. Our current data has no bearing on dental surgery
and certainly does not argue that
dentistry poses a risk of alzheimer’s disease.”
14• the alzheimer’s society’s director of research issued a statement in response to the nature
report saying, “while these findings are interesting and warrant further investigation, there are
too many unknowns in this small, observational study of 8 brains to draw any conclusions
about whether alzheimer’s disease can be transmitted this way. There remains absolutely no
evidence that alzheimer’s disease is contagious or can be transmitted from person to person