There are two opposing views concerning root canals. At one end is the position of the dental association which fundamentally believes that as long as a root canal tooth is non-symptomatic and appears OK on an x-ray, the tooth is fine and not injurious to the host. At the opposite end is the position of most holistic dentists that all root canals are harmful to the host and require extraction. My stance is somewhere in the middle.
Why am I not at the far end in either direction?
The movie, ROOT CAUSE, is now available to download on Vimeo as well as itunes. Root Cause is a story/documentary of one man’s journey to solving his chronic health problems. The turning point in his health occurred when he had his root-canaled tooth extracted. By the number of calls coming into my office, the movie is having an impact on those with root canals.
What does it mean to be tongue-tied?
The "All-Aboard" Syndrome
I have been doing dentistry long enough that I now feel that I have acquired a certain amount of dental wisdom and I am obligated to speak out as to what I think is best for you, the patient.
One of the best dental investments (and one of the most expensive) I have made is the 3D CAT Scan for the head. This device provides a high-quality 3D rendering of your pertinent dental structures including your sinuses. One of the most important things I can see is the airway. I am amazed at how many patients have a definitive airway problem as seen on their 3D scan or an airway problem that needs further investigation.
As 2018 rapidly approaches, I wanted to share with our newsletter readers some advice for good health from our doctors at t
Sleep Disordered Breathing - What is It?
Are you aware that 9 out of 10 children suffer from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) symptoms? Well, I was not aware of this, and now that I am, it is amazing what I now "see"!
"Doc, my tooth is killing me! I've been up all night from the pain!" What happens next in the dental chair is fairly straightforward. The severe pain seems to indicate an abscessing tooth. Usually an X-ray is taken, certain questions are asked, and perhaps certain tests are performed.
Patients often ask their holistic doctor, "Why should I buy my supplements from you? I can order them online and probably pay less."
It's a good question-and it also has a very good answer. When you order supplements from your trusted doctor, you know exactly what you are getting.
Op-Ed Hartford Courant - August 2015
Connecticut Dental Mercury Rule Imperils Patients
By CYNTHIA R. JENNINGS, MARK A. MITCHELL, MARK A. BREINER
I often say that the truth is always the truth. If I want to learn about nutrition I rely on the wisdom of the old-timers like Dr. Weston price and Dr. Royal Lee. Eventually, their approach is always vindicated.
Periodically we take a sample of a patient's plaque from underneath the gums and look at it under a microscope. There is a difference between a healthy sample and a non-healthy sample. Someone with periodontal disease is likely to have a bad slide. Usually, this condition can be reversed with good home care and visits with our hygienist. However, sometimes this infection persists.