Root canals have become ubiquitous—almost 60 million are performed each year in the United States. “You need a root canal‟ is now almost as common as hearing “you need a filling.” It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet just how safe are root canals? And what is the science behind there being a nontoxic alternative to tooth extractions?
On today’s mini-episode, Dhru and Dr. Rouzita Rashtian dive deep into the topic of root canals. They discuss what a root canal treatment involves, why you might end up needing one, and alternative treatment options.
Dr. Rashtian is a biological dentist and surgeon. She practices utilizing modern health as a platform in helping patients understand the relationship between their mouth and overall health. Her focus is on holistic and biological dentistry, the philosophy recognizing the teeth and associated structures as part of the whole body. Because of this important relationship, she offers a plethora of healthy treatment options, stressing the use of nontoxic materials and focusing on the impact toxins and hidden bacteria can have on cumulative health. She uses minimally invasive techniques to preserve healthy tooth structure and incorporates laser technology and ozone therapy. She holds a SMART certification license through the prestigious International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She is also a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists and Biomimetic Dentistry.
In this episode we dive into:
- What is a root canal?
- The four factors to avoid a root canal
- Why root canals can be problematic
- What you should look out for if you’ve had a root canal
- Options for tooth replacement
Listen to the full episode here.
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