Are they all harmful?

There is an ongoing battle regarding endodontic treatment for saving broken-down, dying, dead,

or infected teeth. The problem is, within a tooth there are many miles of lateral dentinal tubules, outside of the main canals, which remain unfilled, after the procedure. These are extremely small microscopic dentinal highway systems that act like modern day freeways that function to carry nutrients and minerals into and or out of your teeth. It’s called the Dentinal Fluid Transport System, DFTS for short.

 These odontoblastic tubules (lateral canals) can harbor bacteria and their toxic end-products can cause an infective process to stay active and smolder for many years. This infective process can lay dormant within the tooth or rear its ugly head shortly after the procedure.

 These bacterial endo-toxins can then enter the systemic arterial circulation and cause the release of cytokine modulators which can increase inflammation in every organ system in your body.

This is not good news! This is one of the driver’s for chronic bodily systemic inflammation.

According to some very credible sources:

  • American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT)
  • Holistic Dental Association (HDA)
  • American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry (ACIMD)
  • International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine (IABDM)
  • Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • The International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM)

Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is considered a procedure that

should never be performed under any circumstance or for any reason, once a tooth is dead.

The position of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Associations of Endodontics (AAE) is completely the opposite.   They espouse RCT is safe and effective.  

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The whole issue boils down to this: 

Can a tooth be filled internally and remain uninfected years after the inside of the pulp canals have been filled? The biological dentistry camp says, no way, it’s an intra-oral septic tank!

The establishment, dentistry camp says, absolutely yes. Metals and toxins in your mouth have no ill effects! You’re kidding me, right?

Another consideration involves the blockage of the meridian systems within each of the teeth and their connections to different organ systems. Breast cancer is one example of this connection. 

Meridian Tooth Chart

Your teeth are like tiny batteries, with on-off switches, and when they become infected, the voltage in that circuit drops and healing is delayed.  Healing is related to proper cellular voltage. What I am saying, is that you are an electrically-charged being as well as a biochemically- designed organism. Organized dentistry and medicine have yet to fully embrace nor even understand this concept. So, for now, don’t hold your breath, it may take them decades!

Anterior teeth have simpler root canal systems while molars have very complicated root canal systems with multiple canals. This makes molar teeth more difficult to fill and much easier to fail, in the end. If the pulp becomes inflamed, necrotic or gangrenous, it means that the voltage in that tooth and surrounding peri-apical region, has dropped to the point where no further healing can take place. The affected tooth at this point needs to be removed properly, by a biologically-trained dentist or oral surgeon. Also, during tooth removal, the periodontal ligament needs to be removed, the socket properly scraped, cleaned, and ozonated. Then, a simple stem cell procedure called Protein Rich Fibrin (PRF) should be performed, as this supports the bone and ridge preservation, before implant, bridge, or removable partial denture placement. At this juncture; I also recommend supplementation with CONCENTRACE MINERAL’S and SILIDYN DROP’S to increase voltage and to expedite proper healing.  In my clinical experience, I have seen many more endodontic failures than endodontic successes. I’ve also witnessed numerous success stories of improved patient health after Root Canal Removal! Too many to mention in this short article.

SO: WHO IS CORRECT?

The bottom line here is this:

  • If you have a well-placed root canal by an endodontist or a well-trained general dentist, have an X-ray taken or a CB-CT scan done to evaluate the end of the root, for infection. Discuss the findings with a biological dentistry office. Discuss your symptoms as well!
  • If your immune system is not compromised, root canal treatment might be a viable option, but only if you use ozone therapy, and continue using ozone, indefinitely.
  • IF YOU WANT TO SAVE YOUR TOOTH or YOU MUST SAVE YOUR TOOTH, the only way to accomplish this is with Root Canal Therapy. Just understand the downside. Remember, anterior teeth are easier to treat than your back teeth, because their root canal systems are not as complex!
  • Personally, I don’t recommend root canals anymore, unless you use OZONE at the same time, and continue yearly series of ozone treatments by an ozone -trained DDS or MD.
  • If your present root canal is infected, have it removed properly, by a biological dentistry specialist, and discuss the alternatives, of which there are three.

They are:

  1. Implant placement and crownPorcelain bridge constructionFlexible removable partial denture

So; what is the evidence?

Here are some links to articles related to help you to understand some of the aforementioned concepts.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/18/dangers-of-root-canaled-teeth.aspx
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/16/why-you-should-avoid-root-canals-like-the-plague.aspx

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WHAT THEN, ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO ROOT CANAL THERAPY?

If you have weighed all of your choices and have opted for the removal of your infected, failed root canal(s), then you have several viable options for tooth replacement at your disposal. You have basically four options and I will present them in descending order:

  1. A ceramic dental implant: also referred to as a zirconium implant. Upon successful osseous integration of this implant you will need to complete the process with a non-metal or all-ceramic crown. If there is any question as to whether you have any allergy responses to dental materials, a biocompatibility test should be performed ahead of any treatment. I am unaware of any long-term studies that show that dental implants are damaging to the dental meridians.   
  • A fixed-cementable all-ceramic bridge: commonly called a fixed bridge. I only recommend this type of prosthesis if and only if, the teeth on either side of the extraction site or sites, have existing porcelain-fused-to metal crowns or have extreme wear and tear or are teeth that have current decay and/or large fillings that are questionable.
  • A flexible nylon-based RPD: also known as a removable partial denture. If you decide that you do not want to insert an implant into your jaw or crown the teeth on either side of the space then this may be your best choice. These are removable and can be taken out for cleaning or for adjustment. They are considerably less expensive than the first two options and you can always opt to put in an implant or a cementable bridge at a later date, even years down the road.
  • Do nothing: You heard me correctly. There are instances where leaving the space with no prosthesis may be desirable, and perhaps even advantageous. You should find a biological dentist whom you can talk to and one whom you can trust! I sincerely hope that this article was most helpful in your quest for better oral health!

Ultimately, the decision to proceed, with or without root canal therapy, is yours. Let me just say as a final point of consideration: that if you are seriously compromised with your health in any way or in multiple ways, I would highly advise you NOT to have a root canal completed!

Contact our office with any questions or concerns.  

Centre for Holistic and Biological Dentistry  

Thomas J. Lokensgard, DDS, NMD, ABAAHP

1600 Westgate Circle, Suite 175

Franklin, TN 37027

615.481.4555

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