Before I knew about the disadvantages on your health caused by root canals, I had a root canal
done on my upper tooth #4 two years ago by a previous family dentist that I no longer go to. My current new endodontist says that it looks "well done" and in good shape after taking new xrays to check the status of it. Upon looking at the xrays, he mentioned that a small bone area near this root canal looked "dense" and fuzzy on the xray and asked me if I had had any previous trauma to that area of my teeth that could have fractured or affected the bone. I have never previously had trauma there that I can recall of- but it's possible. I wonder how far back in my lifetime he was talking about. He told me to have it checked once a year to see if anything changes! That scared me. It makes me think I have cancer or a beginning of a cavitation.
Well, I started to feel around that area for the first time later that evening, (you'd think I would have done it sooner in these last 2 years) and I noticed that the area above my root canalled tooth, where the gums/bone are feel very sore upon pushing on it. Obviously, there is something wrong. I don't care how "well done" my root canal was, plus I have heard you can't tell much about the health or possible problems of a root canal on a normal dental xray. I am so worried to keep this tooth in my mouth. Should I get it pulled?
Also, I have a deep decay in tooth #30 that needs a root canal. After reading all of this information lately, and all the past studies done on rabbits and such, I am literally stressed out SICK thinking that I am scheduled to do something that is going to negatively affect my health, as my other tooth is obviously on the route of doing. My heart tells me to get these teeth pulled, but I am so scared of cavitation (I still have my wisdom teeth as well). What do I need to look for when finding someone who can pull these rotted teeth out, and clean these holes thoroughly? I keep reading studies on people who loose teeth and they have just as many health problems, even linked to heart health. I feel like every choice is a wrong one. Please help!
When I received my first root canal, I experienced strange things happening to my health, and I wonder if they are connected. I am an otherwise 29 year old healthy woman with a strong immune system (I may get a cold or so about once every few years), but I noticed after my first root canal, my hair started shedding like never before. Then, I had headaches, felt depressed, and I even developed a strange bump in my scalp that my dermatologist has felt and diagnosed as a sebacious cyst. Hmmmm.....
I need some support. I feel lost. I stay up late every night reading more and more about how awful root canals
are, and I wonder why the A.D.A. is ignoring it, and why dentists still do these procedures. Is it money? Liability? Is it that research can't find an alternative? On top of the negative health effects, most dentist are using toxic materials in our mouths! It makes me sick what the FDA, ADA, etc. considers to be safe.