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Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw,mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw,mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Anecdotal Record: There is no scientific evidence that root canals cause cancer to the jaw, mouth, throat or lymph nodes. Root canal treatment may save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I've got to get a root canal cause my tooth is cracked, but i been following up on the internet that a root canal can cause cancer. What do I do?

I've got to get a root canal cause my tooth is cracked, but i been following up on the internet that a root canal can cause cancer. What do I do?

Junk: You need to be more discerning. The scare over formylcresol is a misapplication of Petri dish junk science. The disinformation artistry and links to big money quackery are obvious. Research piranhas at the NIH get root canals. Go get your tooth fixed and forgive my bluntness. ...Read more

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Pls help.I had 4 root canal l Last 2 months ago.And now i read that root canal can cause cancer iam so scared now bcoz breast pain this past few weeks?

Pls help.I had 4 root canal l
Last 2 months ago.And now i read that root canal can cause cancer iam so scared now bcoz breast pain this past few weeks?

Not true: Please do not worry about this. There is no valid scientific evidence that root canals cause cancer. There are some things written about this on the internet but they are based on patient stories and there is no evidence of linkage between root canals and cancer. ...Read more

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I heard that having a root canal can cause breast cancer. I have a root canal for about 20 years in my mouth and am scared !

I heard that having a root canal can cause breast cancer. I have a root canal for about 20 years in my mouth and am scared !

That's news to me: It is amazing to me how much junk information is available to people at the touch of their fingers. Talk to your dentist about your concern and I am sure he/she will allay your fears. The important thing is that you continue to get regular preventative dental care so that your tooth will the root canal and your overall oral health can be monitored. ...Read more

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I have to get several root canals. I've heard they can cause cancer and all kinds of other ailments. I'm worried.

I have to get several root canals. I've heard they can cause cancer and all kinds of other ailments. I'm worried.

Root canals: Please do not worry! root canals abolutely do not cause cancer or any other ailment. To the contrary a root canal saves your tooth from extraction so you can maintain your natural teeth. It should be a painless procedure that will benefit you, not hurt you in any way. ...Read more

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What type of cancers do root canal x-rays cause?

Irrelevant: When all standard safety precautions are taken, dental X-rays are very safe with minimal radiation and maximum resolution. Dental x-rays are necessary for a proper diagnosis prior and during the dental treatment. ...Read more

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Just read root canals can cause heart disease and cancer, i've had a few done should I be worried and what do I do going forward?

Get the facts: Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation readily available on the internet in addition to good information. There is a dental specialty devoted to this topic, endodontics. Start with their website https://www.Aae.Org/ and beware of the difference between association (people with root canals that have had other health problems) and causation (people who believe root canals are the cause). ...Read more

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Everyone who has undergone root canal has cancer-causing material in them, right?

Not to worry: Everyone who breathes or drinks from plastic or eats barbecued food has cancer-causing material in them. Statistically we do not see more cancers with people undergoing root canals. I wouldn't worry about it. Some people have cancer that occurs due to sun exposure and factors that we cannot prevent. It certainly isn't worth worrying about. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Are root canals linked to breast cancer?

Are root canals linked to breast cancer?

Unsupported myth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and breast cancer. ...Read more

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