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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
CANCER
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
CAREGIVING
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
It Pays to Eat Less as You Age
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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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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