It is all over the Internet, root canals are bad, haven’t you heard? It must be true. “I googled and found all root canals are toxic.” “My best friend’s wife had a root canal and it’s never felt right to her.” Even President Obama badmouthed root canals during his 2010 State of the Union address to Congress and a televised audience of forty-eight million people, “If there’s one thing that has unified Democrats and Republicans, and everybody in between, it’s that we all hated the bank bailout. I hated it. You hated it. It was about as popular as a root canal.”
I will be the first to admit, when a root canal is poorly executed by a dentist, the likelihood for dental infections and systemic chronic issues increases dramatically. The legal standard of care demands that root canal therapy be performed with a dental dam that isolates the tooth receiving the root canal and allows for a germ-free procedure. Shockingly, approximately 75% of root canals performed by non-specialist dentists are performed without a rubber dam. THIS IS FACT. This one variable explains logically why so many root canals result in a bad outcome: because they are contaminated by all of the germs in your mouth from the very beginning. By the way, the germs in your mouth are far worse and far more numerous than the germs that evolve from more “private” places, and this is also FACT. It is no wonder why the root canal is often dreaded by patients and has such a poor track record of performance. Furthermore, the root canal is usually associated with, and blamed for the dreaded Dental Cavitation—an area of dead bone known as osteonecrosis, which is associated with chronic systemic diseases. Besides blaming root canals for chronic systemic disease, patients also place blame on toxic metal crowns, mercury fillings, periodontal disease, and old wisdom tooth extraction cavitations.
It is painful for me to see patients mutilate their mouths by extracting teeth that can be saved by succumbing to the fear from false information and Internet propaganda. There have even been recent streaming movies produced by unscrupulous dentists, to scare people about root canals and steer them to their practices in the Midwest, to have unnecessary dental extractions and procedures. Most of these teeth CAN BE SAVED. Let me be clear: if you extract a tooth and replace it with dentures or flippers, they provide only a maximum biting efficiency of ten percent. Anyone that may tell you, “dentures are great,” must believe in the old adage, “misery loves company.”
Addressing dental root canal infections, bone cavitations, failing crowns and dental fillings is the TOP PRIORITY at Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island. Many failing root canal teeth and dental issues can be saved and addressed very safely. Utilizing proprietary disinfection protocols including lasers and ozone therapy, these diseased teeth can be restored to normal healthy germ free function. There is nothing better than the teeth you were born with. I know what you might have read or heard, but most anecdotal information about root canals is simply untrue and NOT supported by scientific facts. Dental technology has advanced to such an extent that we can even provide our patients ToothRegenesis™ a technique pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey Etess. This is an all-natural, regenerative, minimally invasive procedure which can reestablish the blood supply to a tooth, even a previously root canaled tooth, and revitalize the tooth back to life. Another FACT.
Now, let us say you just cannot believe what you are reading and want the tooth out and replaced with an implant. Both zirconia and titanium dental implants are the best tooth replacements available today. Remember, however, you are now trading one issue for another. There are many factors to successful implant therapy.
Bone grafting is the foundation to implant success. Many offices rely on dead, irradiated, cadaver bone for grafting procedures. Not at Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island. Instead, we utilize the latest cutting-edge technology, such as autogenous, alive, self-bone Khoury™ grafts and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) from your blood which contain your own growth factors and proteins, healing cytokines, bioactive healing molecules, and the all-important regenerative stem cells.
Remaining on the cutting edge of the newest dental advancements is a full-time task and a top priority for Dr. Etess. In order to provide our patients with the most sanitary environment possible, we employ ENHANCED proactive air and surface office disinfection protocols. Do not assume all dentistry is the same. Dr. Etess prides himself on bringing you first-class, unmatched care. When considering your dental needs, why settle for anything less than the best? We work toward one standard, the HIGHEST standard. The time for excuses has passed. If you are looking for the finest, safest, healthiest and most predictable results to correct your dental issues and would like to learn more about the best ideas in modern dentistry available to you, please contact Integrative Dental Specialists to make an appointment with Dr. Etess today.
Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM, graduated in the top 10% from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Etess is an IVY LEAGUE trained Certified Endodontic Specialist/Implant Surgeon with a dual degree in Dentistry and Board Certified in Naturopathic & Integrative medicine, and is trained in biomimetic cosmetic dentistry to provide a broad array of biological dentistry covering all facets of pediatric, restorative, prosthetic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, and implant dentistry for his patients for over 23 years.
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