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Why A Root Canal Is A Dangerous Dental Procedure

97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously had this Dental Procedure…

Dr. Mercola describes and warns of the inherent dangers of having root canal treatment performed on teeth. He says this is a procedure that occurs approximately 41,000 times each day in the USA. It is accomplished usually be a specialist called an Endodontist using methods approved by the American Dental Association and various endodontic societies. Endodontic treatment has been performed since around the beginning of the 20th Century. Originally the procedure was rather crude by comparison to today’s techniques.

Despite those improvements (such as using ozone) at cleaning the root canals within a tooth and sealing them, it is considered that this is a procedure which is impossible at effectively removing 100% of the infected tissue and microorganisms within the internal anatomy of any tooth. Dr. Mercola gives references to studies which have been done over decades showing proof that pathogenic organisms are invariably left behind which ultimately morph into more virulent organisms causing systemic diseases within the human body. He references work done by Dr. Tom Stone, Dr. Douglas Cook,Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Meinig, Dr. Robert Jones, Dr. Josef Issels and Dr. Hal Huggins.

It is thought as long as your immune system remains strong, any bacteria that stray away from an infected tooth are captured by the body’s defense system and destroyed. However, once your immune system is compromised and fails to function normally, pathogenic microorganisms are able to proliferate and cause various diseases. The claim is made that the following diseases have their etiology in teeth treated by endodontic therapy: kidney disease, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, neurological disease (including ALS and MS) and autoimmune diseases (Lupus erythematosis and others).

Tooth Root Diagram

Diagram of the tooth, including root


It was Dr. Robert Jones who found in his research the following correlations: 93% of women with breast cancer had at least one tooth treated endodontically; 7% showed other pathology. He noted that tumors, in a majority of cases, occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal treated tooth or where other oral pathology was found. And Dr. Issels has reported that, in his 40 years of treating terminally ill cancer patients, 97% of them had teeth that were treated endodontically.

It should be noted that most research that is generally accepted by scientists and health professionals is done so after double blind and/or duplicated studies have been done. Dr. Mercola does not mention this in his lengthy article, therefore the reader is obliged to do his or her own due diligence regarding this information. This in no way suggests that this information lacks credibility.

It has been confirmed by the American Dental Association for over a decade that some pathogenic microorganisms from the oral cavity are known to be the etiological factor in some systemic diseases. However, it has not been confirmed that their source has been from one or more teeth having been treated by root canal therapy. Some adversaries to the procedure claim this is the case because the ADA favors treatment modalities performed by their accredited specialties, and also because the alternative of extraction of teeth and replacement of them can be extensive and costly.

What You Need to Know to AVOID a Root Canal

I strongly recommend never getting a root canal. Risking your health to preserve a tooth simply doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, there are many people who’ve already have one. If you have, you should seriously consider having the tooth removed, even if it looks and feels fine. Remember, as soon as your immune system is compromised, your risk of of developing a serious medical problem increases—and assaults on your immune system are far too frequent in today’s world.

If you have a tooth removed, there are a few options available to you.

Partial denture: This is a removable denture, often just called a “partial.” It’s the simplest and least expensive option.
Bridge: This is a more permanent fixture resembling a real tooth but is a bit more involved and expensive to build.
Implant: This is a permanent artificial tooth, typically titanium, implanted in your gums and jaw. There are some problems with these due to reactions to the metals used. Zirconium is a newer implant material that shows promise for fewer complications.
But just pulling the tooth and inserting some sort of artificial replacement isn’t enough.

Dentists are taught to remove the tooth but leave your periodontal ligament. But as you now know, this ligament can serve as a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Most experts who’ve studied this recommend removing the ligament, along with one millimeter of the bony socket, in order to drastically reduce your risk of developing an infection from the bacterially infected tissues left behind.

I strongly recommend consulting a biological dentist because they are uniquely trained to do these extractions properly and safely, as well as being adept at removing mercury fillings, if necessary. Their approach to dental care is far more holistic and considers the impact on your entire body—not JUST your mouth.

Source: Dangers Of Root Canalad Teeth by Mercola.com

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Avoiding Root Canals- Exclusively at Medicine Wheel Dental

Avoiding Root Canals- Exclusively at Medicine Wheel Dental

Dr. Swidler developed an all natural 70 antioxidant treatment for deep decay and exposed nerves.  There have been almost no treatments available to keep a tooth vital (alive) where decay has exposed the nerve.  Other dental offices are able to save only 1%-2%, at best, often with severe pain following, so patients are recommended for an immediate root canal or extraction.

With our proprietary natural treatment, we have been able to “save” (keep alive) over 90% of the teeth with exposed nerves as long as two factors are observed:

  • Red blood is seen (as opposed to a dead dry canal or pus)
  • The anesthetic works to numb the tooth

Healthy teeth have a circulation of their own from the blood vessels within the tooth to the outside of the root through thousands of tiny tubules.  Root canalled teeth are non-vital or dead teeth. No where else in medicine do we leave a dead part in the body. It would become gangrenous or infected and need to be removed.  However, in dentistry we have been able to treat teeth with cleaning out and filling the inside of the tooth’s larger canals and pain is often eliminated on sensitive or painful teeth.  Without pain, a person can keep chewing and functioning on these dead teeth.  Being free of pain does not mean that the tooth may not still have a low grade chronic infection around or in it.

Teeth are not fused to the bone in which they sit.  They are actually suspended by thousands of tiny ligaments in a suspension system that allows for tiny movement.  This anatomy clearly indicates a space around an entire tooth’s roots so that when a tooth actually dies or abscesses, the infected tissue or pus has measurable bacteria, viruses and toxins circulating in that space on the outside of the root of the tooth.  The research of Dr. Steinem showed that not only is there a circulation of ions in a healthy tooth from the inside to the outside through the tooth’s root but when a tooth dies, there is a “suck back” of ions and other material in that natural space (bacteria, toxins) from the end of the root tip of an infected tooth into the thousands of microtubules (tiny straws running between the inside and outside of the root) along the whole root surface.

Dr. Weston Price, when he was chief researcher for the ADA, did an unprecedented 25 year study involving 5000 rabbits, showed scientifically how dead root canal teeth harbor bacteria, viruses and toxins.

The study involved removing root canal teeth from people with specific diseases, surface sterilizing the dead tooth and implanting it under the skin of a rabbit.  Within two weeks the rabbit developed exactly the same disease the person had (kidney disease, heart disease, etc.).  While this “focal infection theory” has been resisted, it is now a well accepted fact that bacteria found in the mouth can travel directly to the heart if the gums are swollen or bleeding.  Surgeons are insisting that gum (periodontal) health is established before surgeries to eliminate this pathway of focal infection.

Later, electron microscopy showed how the 30 micron diameter microtubules were harboring 4 to 5 micron bacteria and smaller viruses.  In a molar tooth there are so many micro tubules that if you put them end to end you’d have a tube 2.5 to 3 miles long!!  While antibiotics can be used to treat an abscessed/infected tooth, it only treats the body side of the equation.  There is no longer any live circulation within the tooth and medications cannot reach into the tubules.

Root Canal specialists take great care to seal the large main root canals within a tooth and seal the end of the root, but have no ability to eliminate the bacteria, viruses and toxins from the infection spreading from the end of the root through the large ligament space around the whole outside of the root.

ALT testing developed by Dr. Boyd Haley at the University of Kentucky measured the proteins and toxins associated with infected teeth.  They could be detected and measured all the way from the root tip to the gum line of the infected tooth.

At Medicine Wheel are very pleased to offer the first effective treatment to avoid root canal treatment and keep teeth alive.  Remember, the key is to treat these teeth as quickly as possible before the tooth’s nerve dies.

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