Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is the term commonly used to describe the process of saving a tooth by removing the pulp of a tooth, cleaning, sterilising and filling the pulp chamber in the hope of protecting the tooth from future problems.
Looking at the tooth from a holistic perspective, saving it may not be what is best for the patient. As there is no guarantee that the root canal therapy will remove all the bacteria, these teeth may continue to be a site of infection, releasing endotoxins into the circulation. This can have an adverse effect on the wellbeing of the patient.
Teeth are similar to other organ systems in your body in that they also require a blood supply, lymphatic and venous drainage, and nervous innervations. Root canaled teeth, however, are dead teeth so DO NOT have a blood supply, lymphatic or venous drainage or nervous innervations. These dead teeth can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious medical conditions—many not appearing until decades later.
Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back.
During a root canal, there is no way to sterilise your tooth; after the root canal, dangerous bacteria hide out in the tooth and are unreachable with antibiotics
Root-canaled and filled teeth harbor bacteria that morph into very toxic forms, which then can migrate to other tissues in your body and can cause serious medical conditions, including diseases of your heart, kidneys, bones, and brain.
There is no other medical practice that permits leaving a dead body part inside your body, because it triggers your immune system to attack. There is no other medical procedure that involves allowing a dead body part to remain in your body. When your appendix dies, it's removed. If you get frostbite or gangrene on a finger or toe, it is amputated.
How are these mutant oral bacteria connected with heart disease or arthritis? It is claimed that it is a "myth" that the bacteria found in and around root-canaled teeth can cause disease. But this is based on the misguided assumption that the bacteria in these diseased teeth are the SAME as normal bacteria in your mouth—and that's clearly not the case.
Today, bacteria can be identified using DNA analysis, whether they're dead or alive, from their telltale DNA signatures. In a continuation of Dr. Weston Price's work, researchers used DNA analysis to examine root-canaled teeth, and they found bacterial contamination in 100 percent of the samples tested. They identified 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 root canal samples.
The bacteria they found included the following types:
Are these just benign, ordinary mouth bugs? Absolutely not. Four can affect your heart, three can affect your nerves, two can affect your kidneys, two can affect your brain, and one can infect your sinus cavities… so they are anything BUT friendly!
Approximately 400 percent more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were found in the tooth itself, suggesting the tooth is the incubator and the periodontal ligament is the food supply. The bone surrounding root-canaled teeth was found even HIGHER in bacterial count… not surprising, since bone is a virtual buffet of bacterial nutrients.
If you have a diseased tooth, or if you’ve already had a root canal, holistic and biological dentistry principles recommend having it extracted
The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have NO published data or actual research to substantiate this claim.
Extract from an article by Dr Joseph Mercola, www.mercola.com