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Why do teeth with root canals stay chronically infected?
A root canal is a treatment which is intended to eliminate infection in a tooth by removing
the infected nerve tissue inside the root or roots of a tooth and then filling the space that
was occupied by the nerve. In theory, the root canal filling material seals off the
root of the tooth and any germs remaining in it. In practice, this does not often
occur. In fact, it almost never occurs.
It almost never occurs because the roots of teeth contain millions of
microscopic pores or channels, called dentinal tubules. The tubules are normally
filled with living nerve tissue extensions from the dental nerve within the tooth root. The
dentinal tubules connect the nerve in the center of the root to the exterior of the root
surface imbedded in the jaw bone. When the nerve in the tooth is alive and well, the
dentinal tubules serve as a transportation system to allow nutrients to gain access to the
nerve in the root, so as to nourish it, and to allow for the removal of toxins and waste
products from the nerve tissue. The dentinal tubules also serve as a path for additional
nutrients when the nerve is injured, and as an outlet for the swelling that always occurs
when it is injured.
This is the biological mechanism that normally allows for healing of an injured,
living nerve! Do you understand now why a tooth with a living injured nerve
doesn’t always need a root canal?
However, if the injury is severe enough, and the nerve dies from infection or trauma, all
the living tissue in the dentinal tubules also dies. Once this happens, the tooth is
The result is that the dentinal tubules collectively become an enormous living
space for anaerobic germs — germs that don’t need oxygen. The tubules turn
into a hidden breeding ground for all kinds of anaerobic germs, where they can
grow and produce their toxic wastes. This is true even after a dentist has done a
root canal, because dentinal tubules are difficult to disinfect and impossible to
fill and seal off with gutta percha filling material.The toxic waste products of the
germs in the tubules can and do spread out from the dentinal tubules into the surrounding
bone. The white blood cells in the bone are unable to reach and destroy the germs in the
interior of the dentinal tubules. Neither can antibiotics reach the germs in the tubules. To
add insult to injury, depending on the complexity of the root canal spaces and the
experience of the dentist, the root canal space may not be completely filled. If it is not,
then germs from the dentinal tubules will find additional breeding room inside the tooth
root in the unfilled space or spaces. Not a pretty picture.
As already stated above, the consequence of all this is that a state of chronic
infection from the germs in the dead dentinal tubules will exist in the jaw bone
around a tooth that has had a root canal treatment.
Chronic infections from root canals constantly stress and weaken your immune
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The extent of the infection depends on the number of teeth with root canals, the
condition of a person’s immune system, and the age of the root canals. It also
depends on the number of roots in the tooth, the internal anatomy of the root
canal spaces and the skill of the dentist who performs the root canal treatment.
The greater the number of teeth with root canals, the weaker the immune system, the
older the root canals, and the poorer the seal of the root canal filling material, the greater
is the likelihood of infection around the root or roots of teeth with root canals. Since
knowing all this is so important, why aren’t most dentists telling you about it?
Now do you understand why even one tooth with a root canal in your mouth can
make a difference in your overall health?
Chronic infection around the roots of teeth with root canals eventually destroys sufficient
jaw bone for the loss to become visible on a dental x-ray. Often, this is the first evidence
of any infection, which may come as a surprise to both you and your dentist. At times, the
infection may become acute and painful, especially if a person’s immune system is
already engaged in a battle with a flu virus or infection some where else in the body.
What can I do to stop the chronic infection in my jaw bone?
You can temporarily eliminate chronic infection in the jaw bone from a root canal with
ozone treatment. Ozone treatment effectively kills all the germs in a wide area of the jaw
bone. For more information on ozone treatment, contact Dr. Philip Mollica in New Jersey at
201-587-0222, or find a holistic dentist who is familiar and experienced in its use. If you
don’t have a holistic dentist or physician, please click on this link, which will take you to
the Resources page on this website. Read the description for each organization. Most of
the organizations listed have a search field on their home page to help you find an
appropriate holistic health care professional.
Another type of chronic infection in the jaw bone, called a cavitation, is sometimes
associated with teeth with a root canal. This unique kind of infection also destroys bone,
although it is usually not visible on an x-ray. Ozone treatment also effectively kills germs
in a cavitation.
Whether you choose to accept ozone treatment or not, you must do everything
possible to nutritionally strengthen your immune system, because it is your first
line of defense against infection and disease. The benefit of ozone treatment will last
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If you are interested in reading this page, chances are
that you have heard or read some criticisms and
negative comments about dental root canals. The
purpose of this page is to help you understand the
controversy surrounding root canals and give you
some answers, so you can decide whether they are
safe for you or not.
Rest assured that holistic dentists are generally in
agreement with the information on this page.
What is the difference between the nerve in a tooth and the pulp in a tooth?
The nerve and the pulp in a tooth are one and the same thing. Dentists call the living
tissue in the center of a tooth, pulp tissue or pulp, for short. The pulp has both nerves
and blood vessels. The pulp extends from each root tip, to the pulp chamber in the
center of the crown of the tooth. The tooth crown is the part that is visible in the mouth.
Most people are familiar with calling the pulp the “nerve”, which is how it will be
described for the remainder of this article.
What is a root canal and why is it done?
A root canal is a treatment by a dentist which is intended to eliminate infection
in a tooth by removing the infected nerve tissue inside the root or roots of a
tooth. The infected nerve tissue may be alive at the time of the root canal, or
dead. The space that was occupied by the nerve is then enlarged slightly and
filled with a special filling material called gutta percha. The gutta percha is
“glued” to the inside of the root with a root canal sealer, which also fills in any
gaps between the gutta percha and the internal surface of the root. Dentists
say that a tooth with a root canal is now a “non-vital” tooth. Isn’t that just a
nice way of saying that the tooth is dead?
Dentists are taught that the purpose of root canals is to help people save
teeth they would otherwise lose from infections in the nerve, which usually
start out as cavities. So dentists believe that root canals are totally beneficial,
without any significant risks. After reading this page, you may decide that the
risks far outweigh the benefits.
In theory, at least as taught in dental schools, the root canal filling material seals off the
root of the tooth and any germs remaining in it. It is also supposed to prevent any
germs in the mouth from entering into the root of the tooth or to the jaw bone beyond
the tooth. The effectiveness of the seal created by the root canal filling is improved by
the placement of an appropriate filling or crown in or on the tooth.
Assuming that the root canal space is completely filled and properly sealed by the
dentist, any infection that has spread to the jaw bone at the end of the root or roots
should then heal, because the jaw bone contains a blood supply to bring white blood
cells to the infected area. White blood cells play a key roll in the process of healing
infections. Healing is presumed to have occurred when symptoms, such as pain,
disappear and x-rays confirms that any lost bone around the tip of the root or roots has
been replaced with new bone. As you will soon find out, it is possible for a tooth
with a root canal to appear to be healed, when in fact, a low grade chronic
infection remains in the jaw bone around the tooth.
Why do conventional dentists recommend a root canal so readily?
One reason is that traditional dentists are taught in dental school that the
nerve, which contains blood vessels and nerve tissue, has virtually no healing
capability, because the nerve is confined within a small constricted space
inside a tooth. They are taught that there is no room for swelling of the nerve tissue
when it becomes inflamed after it is injured. A common way for a nerve to be injured is
by the abundant germs and their toxins in a decay filled cavity that has reached the
nerve tissue. Dentists are taught that the nerve tissue inside the tooth is strangled by
its own swelling, and dies whenever it is injured. As you will find out later, this is an
assumption that is completely false.
A second reason is that traditional dentists, like traditional or allopathic doctors, also
believe from their training and education that your body is made of parts and organs
that are affected independently by diseases, and consequently, can be treated
independently, as if each part or organ were a separate body entity, with little or no
connection to the rest of the body. This concept of disease treatment clearly
implies that whatever treatment is applied to one part of the body has minimal
or no effect on any other part or parts of the body.
Traditional dentists tend to draw certain specific conclusions from what has
just been discussed. This is the result of the totally non-holistic training they
received during their education. The first conclusion is that any tooth with a
cavity that has symptoms of pain, is best treated with a root canal. It makes no
difference to the dentist if the tooth symptoms indicate that the nerve is injured and still
alive, or that the nerve is dead. The rationale is that the nerve can’t heal, so do a
root canal regardless of the degree of nerve injury. This would be similar to
cutting off a piece of your finger because you have an infected wound from a splinter.
Are you wondering what those symptoms are? Cold sensitivity, or pain that can’t
be connected to a specific tooth, usually means that the nerve is alive and the tooth is
still alive. These are the symptoms that most people associate with a cavity or decay.
Throbbing pain, facial swelling and sensitivity to heat usually signify that the nerve has
died and so has the tooth. A badly abscessed tooth feels like this.
Another sign of a tooth with a dead nerve that no longer has any healing potential,
especially if it has been infected and abscessed for a long time, is a fistula. A fistula is a
pimple like opening on the skin over the jaw bone near the infected, dead tooth.
Fistulas typically appear on the side of the jaw bone facing the cheek, so they are
usually easy to see. When a fistula is connected to an infected tooth, it allows the toxins
from the infection to drain out into your mouth. The result is that the pain and swelling
from the infected tooth will eventually subside. The fistula pimple may become smaller
and difficult to see. This often leads to the mistaken conclusion that the tooth is still
alive, or it is no longer infected and has healed.
For you, it is important to know the difference between a dead tooth and one
that may be alive, because the traditional reasoning that many dentists use to
evaluate a tooth for a root canal may mean having an injured nerve that is still
alive, killed by your dentist. When your dentist starts a root canal, the first
thing that is done is to destroy and remove any remaining nerve tissue.
Instead, the nerve tissue could have been given the opportunity to heal and
remain alive, by means of a specific dental treatment, which dentists call a
pulp cap and you can call a nerve cap. Nerve capping is thoroughly discussed
on the root canal options page of this website.
Please do not confuse nerve capping with conventional tooth capping. They
are two entirely different dental procedures.
Since many dentists recommend placing a cap (or ‘crown’, as dentists call it) on every
tooth with a root canal, the more root canals they prescribe the more caps they can do.
Sound familiar? This “you need a root canal now” thinking also conveniently avoids the
unpleasant situation of having to recommend a root canal for a tooth after the tooth has
been filled or capped, and then trying to explain why the new filling or cap has to have a
hole drilled through it in order to do the root canal treatment.
Are you beginning to understand why most dentists recommend root canals so
The second conclusion for the traditional dentist is that there is no negative
consequence to your health by recommending as many root canals as the
dentist thinks you need. As stated previously, traditional dentists are taught to
believe that the root canal filling material seals off the root of the tooth and any germs
remaining in it. Whether you have one root canal, or many root canals, all the germs
are sealed off. Remember that most dentists also believe that whatever treatment is
applied to one part of the body has minimal or no effect on any other part or
parts of the body.
The result of this non-holistic, traditionally focused medical logic is that to your dentist,
the number of teeth with root canals in your mouth has no effect on the rest of your
body and no negative impact on your immune system and your health. Regrettably, this
is not true. If you keep on reading, you will find out why.
Now do you understand why most dentists advise root canals so readily?
If you have any root canals in your mouth, ask Dr. Gilbert how you can use nutritional
support to limit the extremely negative health impact root canals have on your immune
system. To answer your questions, Dr. Gilbert offers absolutely free nutritional
counseling. Just fill out the no obligation consultation form.
Why does the number of root canals you have make a difference to your
Do you recall your dentist ever asking you how many root canals you already have in
your mouth, whether it is none, or one, or more? Do you recall your dentist ever
discussing with you the possible negative impact even one tooth with a root canal may
have on your immune system and your health? Do you remember your dentist ever
explaining to you about the significant negative impact multiple teeth with root canals will
have on your immune system and your health? If you have root canals and you
become sick with a cold or flu, have you ever noticed that the teeth with root
canals start to ache or annoy you? Suddenly you become acutely aware of these
teeth. Why does this happen?
It happens because a chronic infection almost always remains in the jaw bone
around the root of a tooth with a root canal, without causing any symptoms to
make you aware of the infection. Even a dental x-ray won’t reveal any
When you have chronic infection in your jaw bone from one or more teeth with root
canals, your immune system is constantly being challenged to contain the infection.
The more root canals you have, the greater the challenge to your immune
system. If a tooth has more than one root, each root is essentially the same as
tooth with a single root. So, the more roots a tooth has, the greater the
challenge to your immune system. Then, when you become sick from something
else, like a flu virus, the increased challenge to your immune system may be more than
it can handle and it will no longer be able to successfully contain the chronic infection.
Now your tooth or teeth with root canals may ache and you suddenly become
aware of them.
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