We’ve all heard urban myths from friends or on the Internet. A popular one has linked root canals with cancer and other illnesses. At Whitmore Dental, we occasionally hear concerns from our patients about this topic. Let’s take a look at the facts.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is necessary when the root of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed, typically through a large cavity. During a root canal, your dentist uses tools to enter the canals of the tooth, remove all the inflamed or infected tissue, and fill the canals with a permanent material. The tooth is also rebuilt as needed. At Whitmore Dental, we offer a number of different options to ensure that root canals are comfortable and painless for our patients.
Root canal myths
Myths have circulated on the Internet linking root canals with cancer and heart disease. These myths are actually based on research that is nearly 100 years old and that’s been discredited.
In 1922, a dentist named Dr. Price published two books linking root canals and chronic illness. By the 1930’s, several reputable studies had discredited his findings. In 1951, the Journal of the American Dental Association completed a thorough review of Dr. Price’s work, and noted that his studies did not meet basic principles of modern scientific research.
However, root canal myths surfaced again—via the Internet—in 2014, appearing on a website that also questions the safety of microwaves and sunscreen lotion.
According to the American Association of Endodontists, “there is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body.”
Dr. Whitmore has been performing root canals for patients for almost 30 years. To arrange a consultation, contact Janet or Rachel at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.