I do consider root canals to be one of the things that you need to be concerned about if you want to be truly healthy and have health and longevity. Additionally, I would recommend you have any mercury fillings removed and you may need to have the area where wisdom teeth were extracted checked for cavitations. It does not mean automatic removal of the tooth. It means learning about how to assess the tooth properly and what to do if you are going to keep the tooth as well as what to do if an extraction is appropriate.
What exactly is a root canal and why is it done?
If you have an infection in your tooth that goes on long enough, eventually that infection can spread into the root of the tooth. When the infection becomes severe enough, a dentist will tell you that nothing can further be done for the tooth other than a root canal.
If you have a root canal done, an opening is made in the tooth and the diseased tooth pulp is removed. The roots that have been opened in order to remove the disease-filled pump are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement. All done, right? If you have had a root canal procedure, your journey may just be starting.
Most dentists will tell you that a root canal procedure is perfectly safe. However, what happens after the root canal is done? Does the tooth remain perfectly sanitized and free of infection? If it becomes infected, will you know? The answer is no, you most likely will never know if a root canal tooth becomes infected. That is because this now “dead” tooth is no longer able to give you feedback (pain) when oxygen flow is lost or when infection sets in. You basically have dead tissue inside the tooth. Can we really expect this not to be a focus on infection in the future? Have dentists, even mainstream dentists, ever had concerns about root canals? The answer is yes, they have. And you have to go way back to see them clearly vocalized, because today’s dentist leaves him or herself open to criticism from the dental board in the state that person practices in.
However, if we go back to 1922 (yes, almost 100 years ago!), we can read about something truly fascinating. This article is from the California State Journal of Medicine and was written by a dentist, Dr. Robert Burns, Jr. I will be referring to excerpts of this fascinating article throughout this post. Dr. Burns information is so startling because of its incredible relevance in the field of medicine and health today.
“Diseased health and their surrounding tissues are often factors in ill health. Physicians frequently fail to utilize this fact in diagnosis and treatment…Back in 1840 when the dentist, Chapin Harris, sought to interest the medical men of Baltimore in the establishment of a course in dentistry in the medical school was flatly rejected.”
Isn’t it amazing to think that there is not more training in dentistry for the general medical doctor? It is not so that they can perform corrective dental treatments. It is to educate them about the intimate connection between their patients’ state of dental health and the health conditions for which they may be seeking medical attention. Today, doctors who seek to truly help their patients must understand that a cavitation from a wisdom tooth extraction, a root canal that could have an active infection unknown to the patient, or any other chronic source of dental infection could be profoundly impacting their patients’ health. The health of the teeth should be a standard part of any medical history taken. However, it is typically not. It is both difficult for the MD to consider the teeth as part of the picture and for the dentist to see that the condition of the mouth also must be considered in the context of all other health conditions. Since this is not likely to happen any time soon, it is good to educate yourself on the connection and to begin to draw your own conclusions!
A required and ethical practice in any form of primary care is called “informed consent”. I am pretty sure you will agree with me after reading this information that the vast majority of dentists and endodontists do not give proper informed consent for a root canal procedure. If they did, I think the majority of people would opt out of them.
However, losing a tooth is not something to take lightly. Dentists certainly can be credited with the good intention of wanting to save a tooth. What we really need is a way we can never have a tooth advance to the point of needing a root canal. This has to do with proper mineralization of the teeth, removal of chronic infections from the body which drain minerals, consuming proper fats, taking care of methylation and detoxification issues and much more.
If you find you are dealing with a chronic tooth infection, try the following first and see if you can begin to reverse the infection:
- Do oil pulling for 15 minutes per day with cold-pressed sesame oil or coconut oil.
- In the oil or at a separate time, use 1 drop of Thieves oil massaged over gums for 1-2 minutes.
- Consider a very diluted MMS mix. If you are not familiar with MMS, please read about it online.
- Use ozonated olive oil and 1 drop of Thieves oil (from Young Living Oil) in the mouth and gums.
- Check out our Mafactive Toothpaste with Zeolite
- Use a cold laser or a scalar laser to help to eliminate the infection.
- Use systemic immune support like Vitamin C, Echinacea, Burdock and others to keep your immune system strong.
If you can reverse the infection and eliminate the need for the root canal, this is truly the best solution. First, preserve the tooth with the nerve! That means, the infection must be reversed before the “point of no return”. Even if you have been told you have no choice but to do a root canal, you should try the above to see if you can remedy the infection. There is some controversy here, so if you are in pain and feel you can not go further without root canal or extraction, then by all means please respect the signals of pain! At this juncture, you will need to decide. I will have to encourage you at this point to consider extraction. However, let’s continue to understand more about the mouth, the teeth and the nature of infections and what to expect and what to do if you decide to do the extraction.
Dr. Burns continues: “In consideration of oral pathology, particularly with reference to systemic sequelae, I desire to lay special stress upon the fact that a tooth is no more nor less than bone – highly specialized bone – hence possibly a little more prone to disease and that with its investing tissues as it rests in its alveolus, we have represented a joint – no more, no less. An appreciation of this fact may help make clear why one of the most common results of peri-dental infection is an impairment of some other joint in the body.” What does this mean exactly? Do you experience arthritis anywhere in the body. Yep, look no further than the possibility that the dental infections are related to those painful knees.
What Dr. Burns says next is shocking!
“The sole blood supply of the bulk of the tooth proper, the dentin, is received by minute arteries passing into the root canal through the apex through which also passes its innervation. The blood is returned through a complete venous system that contains lymphatic tissue. When pulp is removed from a tooth its dentin becomes dead dentin in the same sense that bone in which the corpuscles have been killed is necrosed bone. Thus, when a dentist “kills the nerve” of a tooth, we have a dead tooth.” We have dead tissue in an area where you can no longer sense pain from the infection due to removal of the nerve. And the this dead tissue is in an area highly susceptible to infection. As Dr. Burns stated almost 100 years ago, “These facts explain why 80 percent of dead teeth are infected.” He knew back then that 80% of these procedures would lead to infection. Why is it then, that even today, both doctors and dentists will assure that a root canal is a safe procedure and a viable one for saving your tooth? It just does not match up with what we know about the physiology of the tooth.
Dr. Burns submits to us the following: “When the nerve is killed we have absolutely destroyed beyond recovery all blood and nerve supply to the dentin and the granular layer and we now prevent any possibility any collateral circulation. I propose to you every dead tooth may be a potential source of danger and it in the presence of symptoms should be surgically removed.”
Should all root canals be surgically removed? What should you do if you have a root canal? I want to walk you through the following:
- What should you do if you have a root canal?
- What images help you to assess root canals and cavitations (this may happen where an extraction has taken place).
- Can thermal imaging (thermography) help you in determining if a root canal is an issue or not?
- If you have an extraction, what should you do next?
- What are the best materials for an implant?
- What is the best way to reverse an infection?
- How and why should you use a laser for your teeth?
- What really causes the tooth to lose minerals and become susceptible to infection?
- How can monophosphate be helpful to making the tooth impervious to infections.
- How do imbalances of the pituitary and the hypothalamus cause your teeth to drink IN infections instead of repelling bacteria?
- What are some of the most powerful tools and daily regimens in keeping the tooth healthy.
- Why you should immediately toss ANY toothpaste containing glycerin in the trash NOW!
- Should you request your dentist use ozone and if so, when and how often?
I will be answering these questions!!! Please join me for 2 live classes in the series, “Keeping Your Teeth Wildly Healthy and Infection-FREE for life.” I will give you urgently important information that you can begin to use RIGHT NOW to keep your teeth healthy for life.
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