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Root Canals

23_Right_Mandibular.70154445_stdMany 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.

Some of the other options include extraction of the tooth or ozone treatments to aid in attempting to save the existing tooth structure. In the event that the extraction is determined to be the best treatment option we have strict protocols for tooth removal to maximize your health and safety. If the tooth is extracted, many cosmetically-pleasing options exist for replacement of the tooth such as bridges and implants. We will discuss all of your options, so that you can make the choice that is right for you.

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.

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“My husband and I both cannot imagine going to another dentist than Dr. Stacy Godes. She is truly extraordinary. We live in the Bay Area, and though there are a plethora of medical professionals (including holistic professionals) in the SF Bay, we are so happy with the experiences that we have had with Dr. Godes that we cannot imagine going to someone else. It goes without saying that she is a fantastic dentist. Couple that with her holistic knowledge, integrity, and intuition (how often do you compliment a dentist's intuition??) and it's obvious what a true gem she is. Not only have we experienced the standard dental appointments (cleaning, Xrays, etc), but I have had her remove and replace my amalgam fillings and some old crowns. I also had her extract a root canal. I felt significantly better RIGHT AWAY after each of these procedures and I 100% believe that Dr. Godes is so skilled that they could not have gone better with anyone else. You could not be in better, safer, more knowledgeable, or more competent hands. She is very knowledgeable about diet/nutrition and other aspects of health as well--a truly holistic doctor.”

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