What You Need to Know about Root Canals & Dental Implants

The Trouble with Root Canals Each of your teeth is a vital – that is, living – organ. Like your liver, lungs, kidneys and other organs, teeth sometimes become diseased and fail. In that case, a dentist may recommend root canal treatment, which starts with removing the dentinal pulpal complex – the tooth’s “guts,” so …

Pennsatucky’s New Teeth

***Spoiler alert*** Of course we binge-watched the new season of Orange Is the New Black as soon as it was released a couple weeks ago. For one, it is, in fact, that good. But we also had to learn the fate of Pennsatucky’s teeth – or what remained of them after she’d been Piper-pummeled. And …

20 Extractions + Implants + Grafts = 1 Very Bad Idea

As we say, the best dentistry is the least dentistry. This – – is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much dentistry. Having a tooth pulled, a cavity filled, or even a dental cleaning can be nerve-wracking even to the most fearless and bravest of them all. A Connecticut grandmother, accompanied by her husband Michael, was ready to have …

It’s Not Just About Biocompatibility

Despite all the cheerleading for implant dentistry, the market still seems less than great: rebounding from the global economic turmoil but nowhere near the 15% growth it once knew. Maybe that explains the increasing stress on the message that implants are the ideal solution for missing teeth – whether they are or aren’t. An article …

Implants, Cavitations & Not-So-Great Expectations

The very act of selling creates expectations. Consider dental implants, which are typically pushed as the best thing for replacing teeth. They’re described as the closest thing to natural teeth in terms of both form and function, and easier to care for than a bridge, partial (denture) or other prosthetic. Unsurprisingly, people believe it – …

“Often the Only Safety ‘Testing’…Is in the Bodies of Unsuspecting Patients”

And implants are in the news yet again – today, courtesy of a new investigation by Consumer Reports, which, according to their press release, reveals that while tens of millions of American consumers live with medical devices implanted in their bodies, many of these implants have never been tested for safety and manufacturers are usually …

Flu Shots, Root Canals and Other Things that Are Less-than-Great-for-You Blogaround

Mark Sisson gives a terrific overview of why flu shots aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and offers some helpful tips for staying jab-free and healthy through cold and flu season. Jon Barron discusses the recent study on the superiority of root canals over implants – and why this doesn’t mean root canals are …