Many patients elect to avoid having root canals performed, or even to have teeth that have existing root canals removed, due to demonstrated health risks from bacterial toxins being released from the root canal treatment over time.
These toxins can leach out into the bone and the bloodstream, and can cause short- and long-term problems in the jaw, and even in the rest of the body.
We will discuss root canals as one treatment option in the event that the nerve is dying due to decay in the tooth. However, holistic dentists recognize that there are other effective alternatives to root canals that may be more beneficial for your overall health. Root canals take out the main nerve and are then filled, however this process leaves millions of tiny accessory canals still present which then leach toxins into the bone and bloodstream because all teeth are connected to various organ systems. Having a root canal is essentially leaving dead tissue in your mouth to emit bacterial toxins into your system. This is why we often recommend other forms of treatment.
If you choose to have a previous root canal tooth extracted, we use a protocol to remove the tooth so that all infection is also removed. In doing so we remove the PDL (periodontal ligament), clean the infected bone, use ozone, homeopathics, and natural remedies to remove toxins. We then are able to add a biocompatible bone graft to aid in better healing.
Rather than reflexively opting for a root canal treatment, let us discuss all of your alternatives, and decided which is best for you. If you already have teeth that have been treated with root canals, you may wish to find out more about the potential health benefits of having these teeth removed.