Root canal treatment
On potential health dangers
Root canal treatment, one of the shining glories of modern dentistry's treatment arsenal meant to "save" a tooth otherwise deemed unsaveable from being pulled (and performed every year on many millions of patients) may turn out to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to undermining human health in the short or long term. The following pages give a detailed overview of why this is so.
Note: The very important general risks and side effects of dental fillings (there are many of them!) are discussed at Drilling & filling teeth: an unwise choice? On risks, damages and dangers as well as numerous reasons for avoiding conventional invasive dental treatment, incl. the question "Does dental treatment kill teeth?".
By way of introduction, consider the following... What I was never told by any dentist who gave me a (euphemistically called) "root treatment" (one of the 4 in total I had done - teeth since then extracted): a root canal procedure effectively means killing the tooth since what gives it life (its blood and nerve supply) is being permanently destroyed and removed. The body subsequently "recognizes" it carries a dead part in itself and tries to dispose of it via lysis (decomposition). This alone sets up a permanent infection held in check only by a strong immune system - and whenever your immunity is compromised such as under the onslaught of stress, malnutrition etc., the infection site gets bigger.
In addition... read on about the decades of meticulous research done by dentist Dr. Weston A. Price who studied the deleterious effects of root canal treatments and their possible relationship to chronic and degenerative disease. In fact according to dentist Hal A. Huggins writing in his book Uninformed Consent : The Hidden Dangers in Dental Care, "research has shown that the toxins in the dentin tubules of root-canaled teeth and cavitation1 sites are far more toxic than even mercury. They are the most toxic substances yet discovered."
Diseases linked to root canal treatments particularly concern the heart and circulation, the joints (arthritis and rheumatism), the brain and nervous system and even cancer2.
Can you undo or neutralize the (potential) damage from root-canalled teeth?
This subject (such as pulling root-canalled teeth and cleaning out the jaw bone) is discussed on the below-listed pages. A number of ways in which various people have successfully addressed tooth root infections incl. those stemming from root-canaled teeth without having the tooth extracted can be found at Tooth root infection remedies: nontoxic, non-invasive and/or natural healing approaches based on anecdotal evidence.
1 Cavitation: bone infection in the jaw bone. More at Dental cavitations and cavitation infections (ischemic osteonecrosis): dangerous hidey-holes in the jawbone.
2 Here a few anecdotal examples showing a relationship between dental treatment and some types of cancer.
Details on the possible health dangers of root canal treatment