ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
CANCER
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals

THURSDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Dental implants require much more follow-up treatment than root canals, according to a study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The findings suggest that every effort should be made to preserve natural teeth before considering implants.

The researchers examined the charts of a group of patients who received a total of 129 dental implants and a group of patients who received 143 root canals. The follow-up ranged from 15 to 57 months (average of 36 months) for the dental implants and 18 to 59 months (average of 22 months) for the root canals.

The success rate for the dental implants was 98.4 percent; for root canals it was 99.3 percent. However, 12.4 percent of the dental implants required additional interventions, compared with 1.4 percent of the root canals.

The findings were published in the November issue of the Journal of Endodontics.

"Many dental professionals today are faced with the dilemma of whether root canal treatment or dental implants are the best option for their patients," lead investigator Dr. James Porter Hannahan, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in an American Association of Endodontists (AAE) news release. "While the success of both procedures is similar, saving the natural tooth through a root canal rarely requires follow-up treatment and generally lasts a lifetime; implants, on the other hand, have more post-operative complications and higher long-term failure rates."

Research has shown that poor oral health and tooth loss may be associated with serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

"Considering these (study) results in light of the growing body of evidence on the impact of oral health on overall health, it is imperative for dental professionals to partner with endodontists who have advanced training in examining whether a natural tooth can be saved through root canal treatment," AAE President Dr. Louis Rossman said in the news release. "While implants may be an appropriate solution for people with missing teeth, endodontic treatment should be the first choice for restoring a compromised tooth."

In root canal, the inflamed pulp that's causing pain is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, filled and sealed. Most root canals can be completed in one visit. Each year in the United States, root canals restore and save about 17 million teeth. In dental implants, the tooth is extracted, a metal post is inserted in the jaw, and a porcelain crown is attached to the post. An implant can require three or more visits over the course of several months, according to the AAE.

More information

The American Dental Association has more about root canal.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association of Endodontists, news relase, Nov. 13, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 20, 2008

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