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Re: Alternative to root canal?
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Re: Alternative to root canal?

I've read Goldman's article previously. Personally, I'll stick with Price; his work is soooo detailed. One who hasn't read his works can't be properly convinced of their value by a few words on a screen, so I won't attempt.

Regarding Goldman's statement:

"Today calcium hydroxide is recognized by root canal specialists as being one of the most - if not the most - potent sterilizing agents that can be placed in the root canal space. Also, it is non-toxic and it stimulates the bone to repair around the infected root."

I dissent. Strong lime is but one of many substances that could be placed in the root space. But what goldy neglects is that the tooth has nerves for a good reason - which is to effect repair by signaling through substance P, and guess what, when there's no nerve left, the tooth is dead and can no more be stimulated to repair around the infected root than can any other dead bone. So , as worded, I view his statement as misleading. Best way to deal with an infected root, is to eliminate it at the source. Otherwise, assured repeated visits to the dentist are in the future.

A dentist told me I needed a root canal a year ago. I disagreed and havn't seen him since. Been putting IP6 on it. I'll pull that tooth before I let anyone fill it up with putty. My one grandfather is 94 and has no teeth at all. If need be, I have plenty of time to lose a few. I don't take dental advice from any single "dentist" any more than I take air conditioner advice from any one HVAC dude. When they have a self-serving financial interest involved, it's a conflict of interest to listen to them, and often other opinions come back with completely different advice. Often, with dentists, the advice is the same since there are but few procedures in their bag of tricks for making payday, and the problems with teeth aren't that varied either.


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