Is root canal surgery potentially dangerous and a way to increase your risk of developing disease? Let me explain writes Jonathon Landsman of naturalhealth365.com
He points out that In his book The Toxic Tooth Dr. Thomas E. Levy, and I argue that root canal-treated tooth are infected and are a source of pathogenic bacteria that can disseminate throughout your body.
A person with an infected tooth must make an important decision. Do I “keep” it by having a root canal procedure done on the tooth, knowing that this could have a negative effect on me health? Or do I remove this tooth and choose another type of restoration?
Root canal procedures are based on a false assumption
It is up to the patient to decide whether to have a root canal or to extract a tooth. Root canal procedures allow the patient to keep a working tooth in their mouth. The root canal procedure involves removing the pulp tissue containing the nerve fibers. This eliminates any pain associated with tooth infection.
The treating dentist and patient believe the tooth is in good health and cannot cause any systemic problems. This is false.
A root canal-treated tooth will remain infected even after it has been removed. It will also continue to infect over time, releasing more toxins. The bacteria and bacterial toxicities can spread from the root canal-treated tooth to other parts of the body.
It is not possible to eradicate all bacteria from hollow dentinal tubes during root canal procedures. It has been proven that bacteria can migrate from the periodontal tissues around the tooth into the exposed dentinal tubes of the root surface. Even if a root canal treated tooth is free from bacteria at first, it will soon be infected.
What is the risk to human health from root canal treatment?
Normal healthy teeth can handle this amount of bacteria. This is because they have an intact immune mechanism and positive fluid flow. The bacteria then moves outside of the tooth. A root canal-treated tooth cannot do either.
Root canal-treated teeth are just dead, infected parts of the body that harbor pathogenic bacteria. They transmit bacteria as well as bacterial toxins to the body. Because the infected root-canal-treated tooth is directly in contact with the jawbone and its abundant supply of blood vessels, this is why it is so dangerous.
An infected implant would not be placed in another bone by an orthopedic surgeon. This is what a root-canal-treated tooth is. The tooth’s calcified tissues are still present, but the pulp tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells, has been removed.
The tooth is now a”body made” implant and has been essentially destroyed.
Is there a safer option to root canal surgery?
A dental implant is considered by some, a better option than a root canal. Instead of having to perform a root canal procedure the infected tooth can be extracted and the remaining infection in the bone is removed.
After a period of six months, a titanium dental crown is usually placed in the bone. Once the implant has healed, a tooth replacement is made.
There have been some concerns about the safety and toxicity of dental implants. Dental implants are a safe and effective option for restorative purposes, except for the possibility of metal ions being leaked from the implant according to some researchers.
Many artificial knees and hips have been replaced by metal implants. While there have been some cases of adverse reactions from metallic ions leaching from implants, most patients do not experience any. Dental implants are made from solid metal, so bacteria cannot migrate within the implant. Implants can be placed in healthy bone to prevent infection and provide a solid anchor for replacement teeth.
It should be noted that periodontal disease can also affect a dental implant just as it can a natural tooth. Periodontal disease can develop around a dental implant more than it would around a natural tooth. The root of a natural tooth is covered with fibers made from the surrounding tissue. These fibers act as a barrier against bacteria from entering the supporting bone.
Important health warning regarding dental implants
Dental implants have a metal post that protrudes through the gum tissue and is free of any gum fibers. The implant post is protected by healthy gum tissue that forms a tight seal to prevent bacteria from migrating into surrounding bone. This seal can easily be broken down if periodontal disease develops around it. Infected bone can then grow much faster than natural teeth.
Some people who oppose this procedure believe that dental implants can cause toxicity. Implants with periodontitis can be as toxic as natural teeth with moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Assume, however, that the gum tissue around the dental implant remains healthy and clean. If that is the case, some believe there is very little to no toxicity associated with the dental implant and consequently little or no systemic risk.
A healthy tooth is the best. However, a patient must choose between an extraction or a root canal procedure if a tooth has become infected. If given the choice, a dental implants is my preferred option to a root-canal-treated tooth. This is because a tooth that has been treated with a root canal is usually sterile and is not susceptible to infection.
There is no way to be 100% safe. There are risks when driving a car, or walking down the street. The relative risk of a dental implants is low and the benefits are much greater than a root canal-treated tooth.