When I was 16 years old, I was prescribed intense pain medication that wouldn’t touch a toothache. I was evaluated for anything and everything that could cause this pain and nothing checked out. My parents and even my dentist at the time didn’t want me to have a root canal because I was so young but I knew something wasn’t right.
I hadn’t researched. I didn’t know my options. I just wanted the pain to stop.
So, my dentist reluctantly did a root canal and discovered necrotic pulp (dead nerve). This tooth was dead but we were able to salvage the remains with a root canal.
Saving a tooth with a root canal is like saving a human with embalming fluid. There’s no blood supply or nerve supply and it’s dead, but we’re going to pump it full of gutta percha (a natural form of rubber used to fill the space inside the cleaned-out root) so it can sit there and look good. I’m sorry if that was morbid but your teeth are living.
I never felt like that root canal was right and I had sensitivity with it for years. I went to a specialist a few years ago and after testing my #14 molar, they said I actually needed to have another root canal on my #13 molar! I refused to go through that experience again so I continued researching.
In 1990, the ADA “suggested” that dentists perform 30 million root canals per year by the year 2000. Dentists accomplished that goal by 1999. Per a survey conducted from 2005-2006, the American Association of Endodontists reported that more than 15 million root canals are performed annually, but this procedure still occurs despite the toxicity of root canals being disclosed by the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Weston Price jointly back in about 1910 — over a century ago. The American Dental Association (ADA), denies those findings and claims they have proven root canals to be safe; however, no published data from the ADA is available to confirm this statement. Statements, but no actual research.
Dr. Price was studying autoimmune reactions as it relates to dentistry. He discovered that toxins from anaerobic bacteria have the same ability to create non-self autoimmune diseases by interfering with the Major Histo-compatibility Complex (MHC). This created some concerns about the pathological bacteria found in nearly all root canal teeth. In fact, Dr. Price took 1,000 extracted teeth and reamed them out as dentists normally do, prior to filling the canals with wax. He sterilized the canals with forty different chemicals far too toxic to be used in a live human situation; he wanted to see whether the canals could be permanently sterilized. After 48 hours, each tooth was broken apart, and cultured for the presence of bacteria. 999 out of 1,000 teeth cultured toxic bacteria just two days after treatment with chemicals designed to make the tooth sterile. Researchers have identified 83 different anaerobic bacterial species with DNA testing and root canals contain 53 out of the 83. These bacteria hide in tiny dentinal tubules which if attached end to end in a front tooth, would reach over 3 miles and are never exposed to sanitizing chemicals (source 3).
Price identified as many as 75 separate accessory canals in a single central incisor (the front tooth) and this is in addition to the 4 major canals. There is no way that any dental procedure can reach into these accessory canals and clean out the dead tissue. Anaerobic bacteria can easily multiply in these accessory canals! But general dentistry is usually only concerned with infection at the root apex (terminal end) and considers a tooth sterile unless areas of bone resorption show up on x-ray. White blood cells of the immune system and antibiotics can’t reach these dentin tubules and accessory canals.
Does this information validate the claims of “sterile” root canals? Dentists claim they can “sterilize” the tooth before forcing the gutta percha wax down into the canal. Perhaps they can sterilize a column of air in the center of the tooth, but is that really where the problem is? Bacteria wandering out of the dentinal tubules is what Price was finding.
They also tested blood samples adjacent to the removed root canal teeth and analyzed them for the presence of anaerobic bacteria. Approximately 400% more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were in the tooth itself. Streptococcus mutans was found in 92% of the blood samples and it can cause pneumonia, sinusitis, otitis media, meningitis and tooth decay. Streptococcus mitis was also found 92% of the time and this microbe attacks the heart and red blood cells. It binds to platelets and is involved in the pathogenesis of infective endocarditis. Prevotella intermedia was present in 76% of the samples and this microbe attacks the heart, kidney and sinus. Strep intermedius was present in 69% of the samples and attacks the heart, nerves, lungs, liver and brain.
DNA examination of extracted root canals has shown bacterial contamination in 100% of the samples tested. This is quite the opposite of claims that endodontic treatment has reported success rates up to 86–98% (source).
In a study where extracted root canal teeth were placed under the skin of rabbits, they found that the tooth of someone who suffered a heart attack, when implanted in a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit in a few weeks. That same tooth would be removed, sterilized, and implanted into another rabbit with the same result up to 30 times (source).
in a study where extracted teeth were sterilized and then the roots were filled (like in root canals), they found that 999 of the 1000 teeth cultured toxic bacteria just two days after treatment with chemicals designed to make the tooth sterile (source).
Dr. Robert Jones, a researcher of the relationship between root canals and breast cancer, found an extremely high correlation between root canals and breast cancer. He claims to have found the following correlations in a five-year study of 300 breast cancer cases:
• 93 percent of women with breast cancer had root canals
• 7 percent had other oral pathology
The truth is, it will never truly feel normal because root canals are the only surgical procedure where dead tissue is left within the body and that’s not normal. When the nerve supply and blood supply are removed from the tooth, none of the immune system can actually reach the tooth but bacteria is thriving. The human mouth harbours one of the most diverse microbiomes in the human body, including viruses, fungi, protozoa, archaea and bacteria. It is comprised of over 600 prevalent taxa at the species level.
The goal of dentistry is to save teeth. I don’t think our dentists are out there to harm us! I just don’t think we’re looking at how root canals or any dental procedure can affect our overall health. The body is one organism and we are an ecosystem.
This is just a snapshot into the research that’s available for you to dive into. Be an advocate for your health. Ask questions. Hire practitioners who support you. If you don’t think your body can heal a cavity then you’ve got some research to do!
I finally found a dentist who not only supported me in not wanting to get another root canal, but provided true informed consent surrounding all dental procedures. Dr. Robyn Abramczyk at Smile Ranch Dentistry was the only one who was willing to show me the research on root canals. After my extraction, I also worked with Dr. Rebeca Gracia who is a toxicologist on staff at Smile Ranch Dentistry for support and next steps.
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