Root Canals: The Link Between Toxic Dentistry And Illness

I once had a doctor friend relate to me his belief that root canals were the cause of many people’s seemingly unrelated symptoms, chronic illnesses, and even cancer. He pointed to how a number of patients of his who had gotten root canals against his advice, developed strange symptoms, illnesses or cancer soon thereafter.

One day, while in his office, he had eagerly brought me over to one of his nurses whom, prior to coming to work for him, had been suffering for years with unexplained headaches and myriad other ailments. She explained to me that when she first began in his office, after going over her medical history with him, he had realized that her symptoms had begun the year she had gotten her first root canal. Thus, he immediately recommended she have her root canal pulled that week! She then told me of how, while sitting in the oral surgeon’s chair, the moment the tooth with the root canal was pulled from her mouth, the room began to look brighter, and her chronic headache ceased – the “fog” had lifted. Interestingly, the rest of her mysterious symptoms went away within the next week.

My doctor friend also shared with me that day that some of the most common symptoms he has seen in his patients as a direct result of a root canal tooth are persistent headache, fatigue, depression, and joint pain.

Now, you are probably accustomed to hearing cautionary stories of the pain people experience with getting a root canal, but I wonder if most people actually know what a root canal is? I didn’t; that is, until I visited with my doctor friend and got the low-down on this dirty practice of toxic teeth.

Just What Is A “Root Canal Tooth” Anyway?

A “root canal tooth” is an infected tooth and has been treated by a dentist in the following way: the nerve supply to the tooth is removed by the dentist who then tries to remove the infection and then fills the remaining space with various substances whose purpose is to kill bacteria and make sure that the tooth does not become infected again.

Why is this a problem?

A) There is always the potential for infection and you will never be able to tell if there is any remaining infection in the tooth because:

1. Since there is no longer a nerve supply, the person will not feel anything from that location.
2. X-rays will tell you nothing until it is often too late. X- rays will not show if there is an infection in the tooth; it will only show if there is bone loss. Bone loss from a chronic infection in the tooth takes a long time to develop and, thus, a long time before it shows up on an X-ray. By the time bone loss shows up on an X-ray, the person may have already developed an illness.

B) The person may be intolerant to the materials and chemicals used to fill the root canal tooth.

Some people have an adverse reaction to the substances that are permanently put into the tooth. What is tricky is that, if a reaction does take place, it is often not perceived locally since there is no nerve supply. The symptoms are systemic, progressive, and insidious and the person almost never connects their symptoms to the root canal tooth. The sudden development of symptoms may also be due “molecular mimicry reaction” to bacteria that is in the root canal tooth – a low-level infection that will not be picked up on an X-ray (one can never entirely seal a root canal tooth).

Sadly, the diagnosis of a root canal tooth as being the cause of an illness by a doctor is quite rare.

The 2 Schools Of Thought In Dentistry With Regards To Root Canals

There are some dentist that believe one should “save the tooth” and have a root canal on an infected tooth, and there are others (such as Dr. Weston Price, Dr. Meinig, and Drs. Kulacz and Levy) who feel an infected tooth should always be extracted even if the gap it leaves creates its own challenges.

What’s The Solution To Dealing With Your Infected Tooth?

In the end, it is the informed person who must decide whether to have their infected tooth extracted or whether to have a “root canal” performed. Since a “root canal tooth” always has the possibility of becoming infected – without detection – and since there is the potential to have a chronic hypersensitivity reaction to the materials and chemicals inserted in the tooth, if it were me, I would choose the former.

If one decides to have the tooth pulled, they would need a bridge created. I was told that the best material to use is Zirconium with a ceramic overlay as it is the most hypoallergenic and very strong. In cases where the bridge needs to be quite large, or if it is in a place in the mouth where much weight is put on it – such as further back in the mouth – then a gold bridge is recommended. You should discuss these options with your dentist. Lastly, one should try to have their tooth pulled by a skilled oral surgeon. Prosthodontists are typically the dentists you want to have build your bridge, although a good dentist may be able to do just as well.

Something To Leave You With
If you have a root canal(s), and if you also have symptoms for which a cause has not been identified, or a chronic illness, or even cancer, did your health problems start in the weeks, months or years following your having your first root canal tooth?

Recommended Resources:

“The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry & Medicine” by Robert Kulacz and Thomas E. Levy

“Root Canal Cover-up” by George Meinig

Watch These Powerful Short Videos on the Potentially Deadly Effects of Root Canals

Young woman and her root canal removal story – from illness to health

A doctor discussing the link between dentistry and breast cancer


6 comments for “Root Canals: The Link Between Toxic Dentistry And Illness

  1. JasonMChicago
    January 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Great blog post. I actually had two teeth drilled on and filled and it started an myriad of problems. My tmj went out of control, I got mouth pains, severe headaches… and I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding my Lyme. I probably was bitten 7-10 years ago… but somehow my immune system was able to keep things in line. I had back pain, and joint pain, here and there but nothing over the top. As soon as the teeth were filled (I assume there was some bacteria that is between the filling and the tooth) everything went out of whack! I got severe tmj, severe anxiety, and eventually facial paralysis and bell’s palsy. I finally figured out that I have Lyme… and that these are all linked! I’m going to a biological dentist to clean things up and see what’s going on.

    Great post! Totally agree.

    • Danielle
      January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Jason! Ugh, sounds a lot like what happened to me…and the TMJ was hellish. So glad to hear you have taken control of your health and are seeking out solutions in spite of the terrible weight of this illness and the maddening symptoms. Thanks for sharing a part of your journey with everyone!

  2. Jose
    February 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I had a root canal on my lower right molar 8 years ago. After that I got arthritis on my spinal column which causes my neck pain as well as pain to my tailbone. I don’t know if it’s related to the root canal. A couple of years ago or so I had recurring gingivitis if different areas of my lower gum. Then in September I developed an abscess on the gum below the tooth that had the root canal. Despite being treated by the dentist and after taking different antibiotics for 3 or 4 times(complete regimen, for 7 days each), and gargling with Listerine 2x a day everyday, it didn’t get well. Then one day I visited a different dentist who said the tooth had to be pulled out for my gum to heal. Two weeks after it was pulled out last January, the abscess disappeared and so far I haven’t had any gingivitis yet. Could the root canal have been the culprit?

    • Danielle
      February 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Jose,
      Wow – I am so happy to hear of your improved health! If it were me, I would definitely think the culprit was indeed the root canal.

  3. Bo
    March 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I would like to know if Jose’s arthritis cleared up after he had his root-canal tooth pulled.

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