Root Canals Can Have
Devastating Effects on Health
Is it wise and prudent to have a root
canal? There are issues with root canal therapy that everyone
should know before deciding to have one.
There has been recent research that presents valid proof of
systemic illnesses that are a direct result from latent infections
lingering in filled roots. These conclusions are based on research
performed by Dr. Weston Price over a 25 year period in the beginning
of the twentieth century.
The research done by Dr. Weston Price discusses how root canals
can cause bacteria to become trapped inside the structure of
teeth. This can be the cause of many diseases that can be traced
to one single source.
A high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases may actually
originate from root canals. The most common diseases are circulatory
and heart disease. The next common diseases are those involving
joints and arthritis.
The allegation is that there was a series of events that led
to important information being hidden about seventy years ago
by a group of doctors who didn't fully understand the "focal
What is the focal infection theory.and how is it connected to
The focal infection theory says that germs from a central focal
infection (decaying teeth, roots, inflamed gum tissues, and
tonsils, can metastasize to the heart, eyes, kidneys, lungs,
or other organs and tissues. This then spreads the same infection
to these new areas. This theory has been proven extensively
and is regarded as fact.
Focal infection states that the bacteria can move into surrounding
tissues and travel to other locations in the body through the
bloodstream. This new location may be an organ or tissue and
the new colony will be a new infection for the body.
Currently, however, patients and doctors have been led into
complacency by believing that infections are not as serious
because of antibiotics. This is simply not true. In the situation
of root-filled teeth, the no longer alive tooth does not have
blood being supplied to its interior. This means that antibiotics
will not reach this area and will not fight any bacteria that
Dr. Price performed many experiments while conducting his research.
One such experiment involved removing an infected tooth from
a woman who had severe arthritis. Dr. Price took the infected
tooth and implanted it under the skin of a healthy rabbit. Incredibly,
within 48 hours the rabbit had severe arthritis as well.
The claim is that all root-filled teeth contain bacteria or
other infective agents. It doesn't matter what technique is
used or what material is used.
Another important point is that the main part of teeth that
appear solid is called "dentin." While this appears solid, it
is actually made up of tiny "tubules." In healthy teeth, these
tubules will transport a fluid that nourishes the inside of
the tooth. A root-filled tooth does not have any fluid circulating
through it anymore, but the tubules remain. The bacteria that
are present in this area of the root-filled tooth seem to be
out of reach of antibiotics. The tiny organisms hiding in the
tubules move further in to the interior of the tooth to stay
and then multiply.
One more factor that plays an important role in this situation
is the fact that large bacteria are common in the mouth. These
bacteria will change and adapt to changing conditions. They
can shrink to fit small areas and they can also survive on small
amounts of food. The organisms that must have oxygen are able
to mutate and then survive without oxygen. Because of this adaptation,
these organisms can become pathogenic and are able to produce
Today's scientists are able to confirm the research conducted
by Dr. Price all those years ago. Recent research has shown
strains of "streptococcus," "staphylococcus," and "spirochetes"
existing in root canals.
Root canals will not make everyone sick. However, current belief
is that every root canal filling will leak and this leakage
will allow bacteria to invade the structure. The variable between
those who become sick with a degenerative disease and those
who do not seems to be the strength of a person's immune system.
People who are in good health will be able to control the organisms
that escape from their teeth and infiltrate other areas of the
This is because the white blood cells and other fighters are
not constantly busy with other diseases. The immune system is
able to prevent new bacterial colonies from taking over other
tissues in the body. Over time, however, most people who have
had root canals seem to develop various types of systemic symptoms
that were not previously present.
If an extraction is necessary, it is now apparent that merely
extracting the tooth is not enough. It has been determined that
bacteria are present in the tissues and bone just adjacent to
a tooth's root. The new recommendation is slow-speed drilling
with a burr to remove 1 millimeter of the entire bony socket.
If the tooth is dead and can't be saved, then the best course
of action would be to have a root canal with a material called
"Biocalex." "Biocalex" eliminates many of the dangerous bacteria
and will cause fewer complications. If this fails, it may be
necessary to extract the tooth. It would be best to find a biological
dentist for this procedure. Many biological dentists have alternative
methods that can save a tooth in some cases.