Root canals aren’t the most fun subject to discuss. But we have received so many questions about root canals and the positive options available that we feel it essential to discuss the issue.
For clarity, we prefer to write about positive solutions, rather than purely weighing the risks and downsides of whatever options remain available. (Like when pondering what to do if you already have a root canal…) However, that’s not always possible.
This is the second article in our root canals series. In case you missed it, you can read the first article, Understanding The Issues Of Root Canals, here.
Before we jump into the subject, I feel the need for a short disclosure. We share this information strictly for informational purposes only. We are not making any recommendations or offering any suggestions to how you should or shouldn’t handle your personal dental situation. We do hope that this information will empower you to know all of the options available so you can make the most informed decision possible.
Ultimately, each of us has to gather whatever information we can from whatever resources we find helpful in order to navigate the sometimes challenging terrain of dental issues.
Okay – let’s dive into the different options available if you have a root canal.
The Primary Risks With Root Canals
In order to do this subject the justice it deserves, let’s first lay down several primary risks that experts have brought to light about root canals. Last year, we interviewed Dr. Robert Gammal on the subject of root canals for our free online event, the HealThy Mouth World Summit. Dr. Robert Gammal is the creator of the movie Rooted, which documents the various risks of root canals (the reference page for the movie has over 250 entries dental supplies!).
According to Dr. Gammal, the primary failures of conventional root canal therapy are:
1. It is impossible to clean out all the dead tissue from the canal of the tooth. Any dead tissue left in the body becomes gangrenous. The toxins that come out of gangrenous tissue are very harmful to the body and pose a threat to the immune system dental scaling machine. Nowhere else in medicine would a physician suggest to leave dead tissue in the body.
2. It is impossible to sterilize the tooth, which leads to the dead tooth having lots and lots of space within it for disease-causing bacteria to proliferate. This is the enemy inside the gates of the body.
*Dental journals combine these two issues above clearly: “It is now known that complete sterilization of an infected root canal is very difficult to achieve, and complete removal of all pulp tissue remnants frequently is not possible.”(1)
3. Common protocol during root canal therapy is to place antibiotics into the canal dental equipment. This antibiotic material only gets a short distance into the dentin tubules. The dental literature admits that this type of ‘semi’ application of antibiotics creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
4. Substances used to cleanse and seal the tooth are cytotoxic (kills cells) or even carcinogenic (causes cancer).
Ok, so there’s a quick recap of the risks of root canal therapy.