Root canal is a commonly performed procedure in most adults but lately it’s been in discussion if this decision it’s a wise one? Dr. Robert Kulacz, a dentist, has spent a significant portion of his professional career trying to answer this question.
He had discovered something that profoundly changed his life, and led him to write a book about his findings called, The Toxic Tooth: How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick, which I think is among the best available on this subject.
Dr. Kulacz began practicing dentistry in Brewster, New York and after six years as an associate, he opened his own practice in Somers, New York in 1992, where he had performed all the conventional procedures of dentistry, from restorations to extractions and root canals.
He states that he did many root canals for years, and everything was going smoothly until one day, a patient of his said to him that he has heard from a physician that root canals may be bad and that root canals may cause or contribute to other diseases in the body.
Of course he reacted to that shocked and that such statement is crazy and impossible however this got him to look at this information seriously.
Instantly he went to explore this topic so he can reject this claim with facts and what he found out in the process was that the patient was right. Once he went on an IAOMT meeting and on Dr. Boyd Haley’s lecture on root canals and how toxic they are, it made him to completely change his practice.
Which brings us to the importance of Informed Consent
Dr. Kulacz stopped performing root canals in 1995 and he doesn’t promote a ban on root canals across the board, but stresses the importance of informed consent.
The American Dental Association however states that root canals are a safe procedure that simply cannot cause any systemic diseases, and according to Dr. Kulacz and others who have spent time investigating the matter, that’s simply not true because if a patient is informed that these root canal teeth remain infected and that bacteria can indeed travel to other sites in the body, and that bacteria in root canal teeth and the surrounding bone release potent toxins, then the patient can decide to have a root canal or not.
A numerous of dentists believe they can sterilize a root canal tooth and that the act of instrumenting and irrigating the canal will eliminate all the bacteria, but with enough research they can realize that no matter how much even with their best work necrotic debris will remain still in that canal meaning that they were not thoroughly cleaned.
And even a perfectly sealed root canal cannot prevent the small molecule exotoxins produced by the bacteria inside the root canal tooth from easily migrating out of the tooth and into the body.
The bulk of the tooth structure is composed of dentinal tubules, hollow structures that run from the main canal outward, therefore putting these tubules end to end from just a single rooted tooth, they would stretch for about three miles, however even if they’re big enough to harbor bacteria three across, you can never remove or sterilize. A tooth is more like a sponge than a solid structure.
The doctor states that even if you had a solid tooth structure that was like steel or a metal, and you were able to clear out the main canal of that tooth so that there were no tributaries, and to top that you can perfectly seal it, and eliminate the residual infection in the surrounding jaw bone a root canal would be the perfect procedure, but the things it we can’t do that.
Not all root canal teeth are going to cause disease and of course it depends on the type of bacteria that are in there and what kind of toxins they produce, as well as the immune system health of the individual, but with 25 to 30 million root canals done per year, and with multiplying how many years a person is alive, there’s a lot of root canals out there that are not good.
Bacteria from Root Canals Can Also Worsen Other Diseases
Since root canal teeth are chronically infected, they may contribute to a number of different health problems, including heart disease and while the ADA insists bacteria from root canal teeth can never travel to distant sites in your body,
Dr. Kulacz disagrees, explaining that heart disease is caused by the damage to the inside lining of the blood vessel and the primary cause of heart disease is the damage of the intima lining of the blood vessel and migration of macrophages and cholesterol inside that artery.
Based on a study done in 2013 if compared the bacterial DNA in blood clots and arterial plaque in heart attack patients to the DNA of the bacteria in the mouth which means that the same bacteria found in the root canal teeth and in gum disease are found in the plaques in coronary arteries and in the blood clots that caused the heart attack.
In heart disease you don’t want infection and inflammation in an arterial plaque. The presence of oral bacteria from root canal teeth and gum disease in the arterial plaque and blood clots of heart attack patients points to direct causation, rather than correlation between oral infection and cardiovascular disease.
Eventually All Root Canal Teeth Will Become More Infected Over Time
Because root canal teeth no longer have a blood supply, the bacteria remaining inside all root canal teeth are effectively “hidden” from the immune system so to make matters even worse, the root canal tooth becomes more infected over time due to the influx of bacteria from the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. The bacteria can also evade your immune system by:
Bacterial mimicry; mimicking your body’s own bacteria, which your white blood cells will not attack
Disabling your antibodies and white blood cells
Forming sticky biofilms
Dr. Kulacx says that If your diet is inadequate as well, your immune function will be compromised, and if your immune system is weakened, the bacteria’s ability to wreak havoc is magnified. He also mentions that extracting all root canal teeth will not fix the problem and cure all disease.
That’s as bad as saying that root canal teeth can’t cause any problems so we have to find the balance. He says if you’re considering having a root canal done, evaluate the data and your personal situation, such as your health risks, before making your decision and he suggest ozone therapy priorto root canal or tooth extraction.
Ozone therapy is typically administered through a syringe, right into or around to the base of the tooth. Multiple visits are usually needed to address the infection. Ozone is directly toxic to infectious material, and it also stimulates your immune system.
A Root Canal Tooth Is Dead, and Necrotic Tissue Tends to Cause Problems
A root canal tooth is no longer alive. It’s dead tissue, which should never be left in your body. If you have appendicitis, the surgeon just doesn’t isolate it and leave it in there. He has to remove it. Yet when it comes to teeth, this rule is ignored.
According to Dr. Kulacz, many people who came to see him—often as a last resort—were able to resolve chronic health issues once their severely infected root canal teeth were extracted and/or the infection properly treated.
Dr. Weston A. Price was even able to reproduce people’s diseases in rabbits simply by implanting the person’s root canal tooth beneath the rabbit’s skin.
To learn more about root canals, and/or to help educate your dentist, we strongly recommend picking up a copy of Dr. Kulacz’ book, The Toxic Tooth: How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick and if your dentist is honest and sincere, he or she will likely come to the same rational conclusion as Dr. Kulacz. Granted, in many cases, you’re likely to meet with resistance.
This seems to be the norm before changes in thinking finally shift to the majority. In some cases the resistance can be severe.