Myth Busting – The Truth about Root Canal Therapy & Systemic Health

Myth Busting – The Truth about Root Canal Therapy & Systemic Health

SHDC Root Canal therapy myths

2024 Guide to Holistic Root Canal Therapy

At Sydney Holistic Dental Centre (SHDC), we believe root canal therapy, when indicated, can be integral to dental and systemic health care. Our holistic approach can address the immediate dental needs and consider the long-term impact on overall health. Here, we review common myths and provide answers based on current research. An important aspect of root canal therapy is incorporating biocompatible practices to ensure the treatments support the body’s overall wellbeing.
  • Safe Procedure: Modern techniques and non-toxic materials ensure the safety of root canal therapy at SHDC.
  • Myth Debunked: Contemporary research disproves the myth linking root canals to systemic illness; SHDC’s process eliminates bacteria.
  • Tooth Preservation: Root canal therapy maintains oral function and aesthetics by preserving natural teeth, avoiding extraction complications.
  • Pain Management: Advanced anesthesia makes root canal therapy as comfortable as a routine filling, with lasting results and minimal post-treatment sensitivity.


Understanding Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy at SHDC is a precise procedure that removes infected pulp from within the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and seals it to prevent future infections. Our focus is on preserving natural teeth while ensuring the highest safety standards through non-toxic materials and advanced technologies.

Addressing Common Myths about Root Canals

Myth: Root canal treatment is unsafe.
Fact: Root canal treatments are safe when conducted with modern techniques and appropriate materials. SHDC uses the latest dental technology to ensure patient safety and effective outcomes.
Myth: Root canals cause illness due to bacteria.
Fact: While historical theories suggested possible links between root canals and systemic illness, extensive contemporary research shows no scientific evidence supporting these claims. Our thorough cleaning and sealing processes effectively eliminate bacteria.
Myth: It’s better to remove a tooth than have a root canal.
Fact: Tooth extraction can lead to other dental issues like misalignment and jawbone deterioration. Root canal therapy preserves the natural tooth, maintaining proper oral function and aesthetics.

Our Holistic Approach to Root Canal Therapy

  • Biocompatible Materials: We use materials that are safe for the body and do not induce allergic reactions or toxic responses.
  • Nutritional Support: We recognise the role of nutrition in dental and systemic health and provide guidelines that help enhance healing and overall well-being.
  • Whole-Body Health: Our treatments are designed to resolve oral health issues and support the body’s holistic health.

Find out more about the SHDC holistic approach to root canal treatment…

Traditional vs. Holistic Approaches at SHDC

Aspect Traditional Approach Holistic Approach at SHDC
Focus Immediate dental issue resolution Integration of dental health with overall well-being
Materials Used Standard materials, potential toxins Biocompatible, non-toxic materials
Nutritional Focus Rarely emphasized Integral to treatment and recovery
Systemic Health Limited focus on overall health connection Strong emphasis on the oral-systemic health connection


Key Takeaways

  • Safety and Effectiveness: SHDC’s root canal treatments are safe and effective, utilising the latest technologies and biocompatible materials.
  • Preservation of Natural Teeth: Our procedures focus on saving natural teeth, essential for maintaining oral health and functionality.
  • Holistic Health Considerations: We consider our patients’ entire health profile, ensuring that our dental treatments contribute positively to their overall health.
  • Myth Busting: We are committed to challenging outdated myths about root canal therapy and providing accurate, research-backed information to patients.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: Is root canal therapy painful?
A1: With modern anesthesia and pain management techniques, root canal therapy is typically no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.
Q2: How long does a root canal treatment last?
A2: When performed correctly and with proper aftercare, a tooth treated with root canal therapy can last a lifetime.
Q3: Can a root canal be done in one visit?
A3: Many root canals can be completed in a single visit, but some may require additional appointments depending on the complexity of the treatment.
Q4: What should I expect after root canal therapy?
A4: Post-treatment, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which usually subsides within a few days. Good oral hygiene and follow-ups are important for recovery.

Towards a Healthy Future

We prioritise your overall health at Sydney Holistic Dental Centre by integrating holistic dental practices with the latest scientific research.
Our approach to root canal therapy seeks to treat the immediate problem and enhance your overall wellbeing, debunking myths and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of preserving natural teeth. We strive to provide the best outcomes for our patient’s dental and systemic health through informed decision-making and patient-centred care.


  1. Australian Dental Association: The ADA provides resources and guidelines on various dental procedures, including root canal therapy. Australian Dental Association.
  2. Better Health Channel: A Victorian government website that offers an overview of root canal therapy and its success rates. Better Health Channel.
  3. Healthdirect Australia: This government-funded service provides medical information, including details about root canal procedures. Healthdirect Australia.
  4. The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) provides authoritative resources advocating for the safety and effectiveness of root canal treatment. It emphasises that no valid scientific evidence links root canals to any health problems.
  5. A systematic review published in the journal “PubMed” outlines the outcomes of primary root canal therapy, indicating improved success rates over time and better outcomes for treatments with a minimum of four years of follow-up.