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Root canals are a commonly performed procedure designed to save a tooth that has become infected or inflamed. They are at best a ‘quick fix’ option if you are in excruciating pain.  

While the benefits of root canal work are confirmed by dentists, the NHS and Google. The American Dental Association also claims root canals have been proven safe.   The trouble is they can’t provide any reliable research to substantiate this claim.

Despite this official reassurance there are potential risks and complications that don’t often see the light of day.

 If you’ve had root-canal work or have been recommended such treatment, read on because there can be consequences whether soon after the treatment or years later when you start to suffer.

One of the goals of a root canal is to re-establish the periodontal ligament surrounding the root of the tooth. This is a membrane around the root that acts like a shock absorber that has secondary blood supply and nerve supply.

The amount of these tiny side canals left untouched can add up to 2-3 miles per tooth.  When a root canal is performed, the dentist hollows out the tooth before filling out the hollow chamber with a substance that cuts off the tooth from its blood supply.  

At that point fluids can no longer circulate through the tooth. Yet the honeycomb maze of tubules remains. When bacteria that do not require oxygen (anaerobic) are cut off from their food supply, they hide in these tunnels where they’re safe from antibiotics and your immune defences.

In my opinion there is no such thing as a ‘healthy’ root canal treatment 

Issues may include:

  1. Infection: If ALL bacteria are not removed during the root canal procedure, the tooth may become re-infected.
  2. Nerve damage: There is a risk of damage to the nerves in the tooth during the root canal procedure. This can result in a loss of sensation in the tooth.
  3. Pain: Some people experience pain or discomfort following a root canal procedure.
  4. Fracture: The tooth may become weakened after a root canal and there is a risk that it could fracture.
  5. Complications with the crown: If a crown is placed on the tooth after a root canal, there is a risk that it could become loose or fall off.

Natural Society writes:   

“A root canal essentially removes the live pulp from a tooth and replaces it with a synthetic material. This stops the tooth from appearing to rot away, it does rot away with the internal damage that could be causing a toothache, the damage from an untreated cavity. But, while your dentist would have you think the root canal solves your problems—it really isn’t that simple.

In addition to the central root of the tooth, where the dentist removes the tissue during a root canal, there are thousands of tiny side canals that aren’t removed touched. They rot. They fester and become a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Research has proven this to be the case.” 

“The toxins created by root canals are more toxic than botulism”   Dr. Thomas Levy

After a root canal is performed, the tooth is dead.  Whenever a body organ dies, it is always removed before it can do any damage. Why on earth would anyone want a dead tooth left in their mouth for the rest of their life?  Especially as a root-canal treated tooth inevitably becomes infected, often chronically.  

Why is this not painful?  Because the nerve complex has been surgically removed and any pain can no longer be felt – even when the tooth is mutely screaming at the rest of the body about the potent pathogens multiplying therein.

A dead tooth will continue to discharge toxins into your body with no discernible symptoms – no pain, no swellings – nothing to alert you that it is wreaking havoc upon your immune system, causing chronic and acute medical conditions.

Being surgically blocked off from entering the mouth, these toxins are released into the lymphatic system and enter venous blood from the jawbones where they accumulate before spreading throughout the body.

A 26-person case study published in the American Academy of Periodontology (1998), concluded that root canal sites as well as the blood samples of all subjects contained anaerobic bacteria. It’s a safe bet that from the minute you are given that root canal, a never-ending river of bacteria starts flowing into your bloodstream. 

Cancer specialist Dr. Josef Issels MD (1907 – 1998), asked all of his cancer patients to have their dead teeth removed. In his book Cancer: A Second Opinion, he explains that he has worked with 16,000 cancer patients over 40 years and some 90% of his patients had a dead tooth or teeth in their mouths. The link between the mouth and cancer was clear.  

In addition to that a Swiss Cancer Clinic found from 150 patients suffering from breast cancer, 147 of them had one or more root canal treated teeth, some of them on the same acupuncture meridian as the cancerous breast. 

Here’s a much sought after article Root Canal Cover-Up  by George E. Meinig, DDS, FACD.  Read it before you consent to anything.

What are your choices? 

Discuss having the tooth pulled with your dentist.  Yes this might compromise the balance of the jaw but it’s still likely to be a better option than the root canal. An alternative approach of using stem cells to regrow your teeth is being researched. Although this is still a specialty area and unlikely to be available from high street dentists for a while, this is a discussion you need to have with your dentist.

Here’s how it happens:   Stem Cell fillings allow teeth to heal themselves (3:23)

Put your feet up and watch this informative video on how root canals can (and did) affect someone’s body.

Graeme Dinnen

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