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Is having root-filled teeth removed necessarily the right decision?

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Dentist Lucy Stock of Belfast, Ireland says people with root canal treatment are having their teeth removed. Most root filled teeth heal and don’t give any more bother. Root canal treatment techniques and the equipment used to do modern root canals have massively improved. SHOULD I have all my root filled teeth removed? There’s a trend emerging for some people who are sceptical about having root canals done in their teeth to opt to have their teeth removed. The question is, is this the right decision? There is a tube running inside a tooth which contains the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth. When a tooth gets banged or decay reaches the inner nerve canal tube, the nerve dies, the contents breakdown into pus and an abscess forms. A root canal is when a dentist cleans out the nerve tube and fills it up with hard rubber. The nerve tube is not one straight tube, it’s more like the roots of a tree; with one main branch and then smaller branches coming off it. The shapes of root canals between people can differ widely. This is one reason that the results of root canal therapy differ between individuals. One […]

How El Paso zookeepers perform root canals on tiger

EL PASO, Texas – How do you perform a root canal? It’s a delicate and even risky medical procedure, and it’s only one of many extreme procedures happening at the El Paso Zoo. In 2017, the El Paso Zoo made headlines after it was showcased on National Geographic when zoo veterinarians and outside specialists pioneered a breast cancer treatment for Juno the elephant. A tiger root canal is a special procedure, but the risk was highlighted when ABC-7’s team walked into the operating room and noticed zookeepers with shotguns to ensure everyone’s safety. Special Report: How El Paso zookeepers perform root canals on tiger When your patient is a 250-pound Malayan tiger, “there’s a sense of urgency all the time,” said associate veterinarian Misty Garcia. The staff only gets one hour to perform the root canal. “We have to be quick because these animals can’t be sedated for a very long time,” said dentist Bridgette Burris. “Obviously, there’s a risk because there’s a dangerous animal,” Garcia said. Keeping Seri, as the tiger is called, under anesthesia is crucial to the safety of the tiger and the staff. “We have one veterinarian technician that’s constantly monitoring the animal,” Garcia said. Staff constantly checks Seri’s blood pressure, […]

Dentists Are Prescribing Far Too Many Antibiotics

The B.C. Dental Association says increasingly complex work could be why antibiotics are overprescribed While antibiotic prescribing by doctors is dropping, the opposite is true in the field of dentistry. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says dentists are prescribing too many antibiotics — and it wants patients to help solve that problem. A new poster campaign launched  by the BCCDC and the B.C. Dental Association is asking people to consider how they use antibiotics. The posters, posted prominently on SkyTrains, picture the open mouth of a dental patient with the caption, “Just say ‘nahhh’ to antibiotics.” “Whether your patient leaves your office pissed off or happy with your decision not to prescribe, that’s going to affect your likelihood to do that again,” David Patrick, the centre’s medical epidemiologist and lead for antimicrobial resistance, told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko. “That’s very clear in all the behavioural literature.” Posters similar to this are being run on SkyTrains in Vancouver and other locations. ( That, Patrick says, is why patients need to be part of the effort, even though it is the dentist who writes the prescription. Lower costs, fewer infections Concerns that overprescribing antibiotics is leading to drug resistant infections are not new. Reducing […]

How to Beat Your “Dentaphobia”

A phobia is an extreme and possibly unreasonable fear. And according to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 9.1 percent of U.S. adults experience specific phobias that impact their lives. Maybe it’s a fear of flying or a type of social anxiety. Maybe you have a form of claustrophobia that prevents you from using an elevator. Or how about a fear of going to the dentist? More people than you might think experience an intense fear of the tooth doctor. Here’s how it affects their lives — and what they can do to manage the condition. WHAT IS DENTOPHOBIA? Dentophobia is exaggerated fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Roughly 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing a dentist because of this phobia, according to Cleveland Clinic. And others might need to practice coping methods to make it through their dental appointments. Some people with this fear might have had a past experience that triggered it, while others can’t pinpoint when exactly it started. “People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational but are unable to do much to change it,” Cleveland Clinic says. COMMON SYMPTOMS A woman is afraid during […]

It’s Time to Bust Some More Root Canal Myths!

At York Hill Endodontics, we enjoy nothing more than debunking a few Root Canal myths! Myth#1 Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is painful RCT does not cause pain, instead it relieves it. Stress about getting a RCT done causes more pain than the treatment itself. The toothache is normally caused by damaged tissues and infection in the tooth. The process involves administration of proper anaesthesia before commencement of RCT. The damaged tissues and infection are removed leading to relief from pain. Make sure you are comfortable during the treatment. Still if you feel any discomfort, ask your dentist for additional anesthesia. Myth#2 RCT causes illness/heart disease There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a completely safe and an effective procedure. RCT also known as endodontic treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal preventing reinfection of the tooth and saving the natural tooth. Myth#3 Tooth removal is better than RCT RCT and tooth removal are two different procedures. RCT saves your natural tooth but in extraction, your natural tooth is pulled out. Depending on the level of infection and tooth structure loss, your dentist will […]