Why Would I Want A Dead Tooth In My Mouth For Life?

14th March 2012

By The Health Coach – GreenMedInfo.com

Of all the dental procedures and dental materials utilized throughout the field of dentistry there is none more destructive to human health than root canals.

“It like putting a bullet in your mouth, and then just waiting for the day it might kill you.” ~ A Dental Consultant after years of observing the ravages of root canal ‘treatment’

Let’s first draw the picture – in living color – for you to look at closely before you choose to do a root canal(s) in your mouth.

This routine procedure involves the following technique every time the endodontist or general dentist gets busy in your mouth making canals in your teeth, some of which may be stubs at that point.

First the dentist removes all the dental pulp from the tooth. “The dental pulp is the part in the center of a tooth made up of living connective tissue and cells called odontoblasts.” This vital pulp, which is necessary for a living tooth to remain living, is full of blood vessels and nerve tissue. When this blood supply and network of nerves is extracted, the tooth is essentially devitalized, aka killed. The tooth is then completely unable to perform all the normal activities which are required for normal tooth health.

So, the first question any rational person would ask themselves is: “Why would I want a dead tooth in my mouth … for the rest of my life?”

Good question! Answer: You don’t want a dead tooth in your mouth for the rest of your life.

Please show us — The Health Coach — another instance in your body where a dead organ, tissue, limb, digit, etc. is purposefully kept in or attached to your body by the Medical Practitioner. Show us just one example.

Our experience has been that wherever an organ dies, the doctor removes it pronto. Whenever a limb becomes gangrenous, the surgeon amputates post haste. If your eye were to “die” due to some traumatic injury which became infected, the ophthalmologist would completely remove the eye leaving an empty socket cleaned out of all infected tissue, yes?

Why then does an endodontist go out of his way to keep your white shiny tooth in place even though he has just killed it?! The only reason he is able to get away with this extremely dangerous procedure is because of our ignorance often coupled with vanity, together with his/her ‘compelling’ sales pitch as to why you don’t want to lose the tooth (that’s another very long story for another dental coaching session).

Let’s revisit the dead tooth that sits in your mouth after the root canal is completed. Because it still appears white does that mean it is okay. If it turned black and oozed pus, what would you do with it? Wouldn’t you take it out? Well, here’s what’s REALLY going on with that tooth.

The human body was designed to rid itself of all dead and infected cells, tissues, organs, etc. Teeth are no different and it’s why we see so many toothless people around the world where there is not adequate preventive dental care and maintenance-oriented oral health. The body gets rid of the tooth that’s “gone bad”… one way or another.

You see, the tooth dentin* is full of thousands of microscopic dentin tubules which are critical to maintaining healthy teeth. Once the root canal is performed these tubules become home to all sorts of pathogenic bacteria and accumulated toxins which can no longer be removed because the tooth’s vascular system has been removed. All the normal activities that are carried out within this matrix, “which radiate outward through the dentin from the pulp to the exterior cementum or enamel border“, cease to take place. It’s important to understand that “these tubules contain fluid and cellular structures. As a result, dentin has a degree of permeability which can increase the sensation of pain and the rate of tooth decay.

*“Dentin is bone like matrix characterized by multiple closely packed dentinal tubules that traverse its entire thickness and contain the cytoplasmic extensions of odontoblasts that once formed the dentine and maintain it.” (Per Wikipedia)

That’s enough anatomy for the time being; the upshot is that your dead, root-canaled tooth has now become a haven for all sorts of nasty pathogenic microorganisms which sit there for the lifetime of the body doing more damage than you’ll ever know. Much of the havoc actually starts around the roots of the root-canaled tooth. This is where the body sets up it first line of defense against a tooth that has died and is on the way to becoming necrotic.

What are Focal Infections?

They are called focal infections and they are found around the roots, especially the tips of every root-canaled tooth. These infections are almost always subclinical in nature which means the dentist or doctor doesn’t pick up any symptoms upon physical examination. Those who observe their bodies closely and are intuitive rarely miss the telltale signs that something has gone awry in their mouth.

Incidentally, many abscesses in the mouth are directly the result of infections that occur around the roots of root-canaled teeth. These often start out as a very small swelling, but they can easily evolve into painful inflammations requiring the use of antibiotics and the immediate extraction of the tooth. The swelling, pain and inflammation is simply the body’s response to the dead tooth. The older the root canal, the greater the likelihood that a full-blown infection will require urgent, if not emergent, care.

This unfortunate state of affairs is not the most serious aspect of root canals, however. The real caveat surrounding this extraordinarily harmful procedure are the FOCAL INFECTIONS which inevitably result in teeth which exhibit no symptoms, have no pain, and seem perfectly ‘healthy’.

Just what is a focal infection? Here you go from The Free Dictionary (by Farlex):

focal infection
A bacterial infection localized in a specific part of the body, such as the tonsils, that may spread to another part of the body.
the site or origin of an infectious process. Endodontically treated teeth have frequently been accused of being the source of septicemias….

This is where root canals really rear their ugly heads. However, it takes a very perceptive individual to recognize that ugly head for what it is before it takes an awesome toll on their health, even to the point of death.

What we have seen with root canals with over 25 years of close observation is that each individual possesses his/her own signature points, weaknesses if you will, which are targeted by these focal infections. In one person it may be their heart, another their thyroid, yet another it may be their brain or kidneys which are targeted. No matter what the target organ(s)/tissues(s), the particular organ or tissue or bodily location becomes the recipient (focus) of the infection that began in the mouth (most often a root-canaled tooth).

A Root Canal in process

What ultimately can occur if this condition is allowed to proceed undiagnosed or unattended ranges anywhere from a heart attack or worse, cardiac arrest, to a brain attack or stroke. When the cerebrovascular accident is less severe it may only take the form of a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or mini-stroke. Nevertheless, you hopefully get the picture of how serious these focal infections can be.

After reviewing the thorough and painstaking work of Dr. Weston A. Price, it has become clear that many a heart attack which has killed it victim actually started in the tooth socket cavitation, the root-canaled tooth or the infected crowned tooth which went unnoticed or unattended for two or three or four decades. By removing the infected teeth of an individual who died of cardiovascular disease and implanting them under the skin of a rabbit, Dr. Price documented that the rabbit then succumbed to the same type of heart disease as the original human victim.

The Health Coach who is the author of this Root Canal coaching session was fortunate to study under Dr. George Meinig, DDS, FACD. With Dr. Meinig as our mentor for over ten years we were able to fully apprehend the catastrophic consequences to the health of those countries where root canals are performed in the greatest numbers. Clearly the incidence of the Alphabet Soup Diseases, Multi-Infection Syndromes and New Millennium Maladies have skyrocketed in those areas where root canals are prevalent. Dr. Meinig’s book Root Canal Cover-Up nicely details all the reasons why you ought to re-consider the dentist advice of root canal ‘therapy’.

There is no question that autoimmune disorders have become a predominant theme in the aforementioned groupings of syndromes, diseases and infections. Here’s why: When the human body is subjected — day after day, month after month, year after year — to relentless, raging focal infections, completely under the radar, they take a HUGE toll on the individuals immune system. So huge, as a matter of fact, that the immune system goes into a fritz. Call it auto-immune dysregulation, autoimmune disorder, autoimmune disease, or autoimmune syndrome; you know when you have it, because your quality of life is absolutely miserable.

So important is this connection to dental procedures/materials that we reflexively recommend all clients who have autoimmune type symptoms to check out their mouth very carefully. If they refuse to address those areas of obvious need, we can no longer guide them on the healing journeys so profound and fundamental is the origination of disease in the mouth.

Dr. George Meinig to the rescue

The Health Coach has also has the good fortune of consulting with Dr George Meinig’s top two students and experts on the health disaster known as root canal treatment. Both Dr. Christopher Hussar, DDS, DO of Reno NE and Dr. Robert Kulasc, DDS of Mt Kisco NY have made great contributions to this field of study and have written and spoken extensively on the scientific basis of the inherent risks associated with root canal treatment, as well as actual case studies which graphically illustrate the dangers to human health.

Some of the other unintended consequences of root canal treatment include periodontitis, bacteraemia and infective endocarditis. Each of these medical conditions have been documented through biomedical research published at the National Library of Medicine to have a causal relationship with root canaled teeth, as seen at the hyperlinked abstracts. Feel free to make copies of these PubMed publications and bring them to your dentist/endodontist for his review and serious contemplation.

In closing let us say that of all the medical and dental operations which are regularly performed on the unsuspecting public, the root canal procedure is the most misrepresented, potentially injurious and underestimated in its repercussions to systemic health. No matter which tooth has been compromised beyond repair, we universally recommend that the tooth be extracted and the tooth socket be thoroughly cleaned out as per the protocols offered by Dr. Meinig in Root Canal Cover-Up.

With every good wish,
The Health Coach

Caveat to all Parents: Systemic health risks are the REAL concern with root canals, so everyone is well advised to be extra special careful not to subject our delicate and sensitive children to such a pernicious procedure as root canal treatment at such a tender age.

The Coach’s Personal Testimony:
Back in the mid ’90s, I consulted with an oral surgeon in South Florida about the best way to address a number of cavitation sites. An old root canal site was particularly challenging. We decided to re-open the site and completely clean it out. What we found was an inordinate amount of black, dead, necrotic bone where the roots of the tooth used to be. What happened? When a tooth is root canaled, it dies and becomes very brittle lacking the resilience and flexibility of a living tooth. With year after year of continued chewing, the stresses can easily cause the delicate roots to crack. When this occurs the filling material – gutta-percha and all – seep into the jawbone forever compromising it based on the toxicity load of the mix of filling ingredients.
Therefore, in this case, the surgeon was compelled to saw out little chunks of black, necrotic bone and put them on the silver tray for my consideration.
You can imagine that the post-surgical therapies and treatments were then much more creative and time-consuming than the surgery itself. Needless to say, it’s the last root canal ever performed on this body.

Warning to all who read this:
Many laboratory studies have been conducted on teeth and cavitation sites where root-canaled teeth once sat and the results have been alarminig. There are strains of anaerobic bacteria which proliferate in these sites that have not been found anywhere else on earth. Not only that, but these same anaerobic bacteria have been found to produce toxins that are as detrimental to the human body as any that have ever been found in vivo. the same toxins have likewise never been found in any other environment on the planet – either living or inanimate.

Correlation between the teeth and their respective meridians:
As you may already know, each tooth sits on a meridian the correlation of which can be very revealing about the linkage between longstanding health complaints and imbalanced tooth sites (cavitation sites are notorious for reflexing to the respective body part). We found this Tooth Meridian Chart at Oasis Advanced Wellness to be particularly helpful. This just might be the only tool available for some of us to track down some of our more intractable ailments. All it takes is focus, intuition and self-observation.

Dr. George Meinig, a true American Health Hero:
Dr. George Meinig was a founding member of the American Association of Endodontics, the organization of dental specialists who perform root canal treatment. Therefore you can imagine how profoundly and dramatically his life changed when he happened upon the conclusive research conducted by Dr. Weston Price. From that day forward Dr. Meinig never offered traditional root canal treatment again.
In fact he spent the rest of his career treating the many patients to who he had originally given root canals. He also spent much of his professional and personal time offering counsel and consultation to the many seriously ill individuals whose immune systems had been gravely affected by this procedure.
He was ostracized by his peer professionals, marginalized by the dental establishment and belittled by those who never even reviewed the hard science undergirding his rock solid refutation of root canal safety. Through it all, he remained stalwart in his crusade and unintimidated by anyone who attempted to undermine the evidence which he accumulated.
Truly, he was a HERO of Global Health and Wellness.

Root Canal Cover-Up by Dr. George Meinig, DDS
The Weston A. Price Foundation

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  • Mycroft

    A very timely article as I am having a tooth pulled in two days that was my first root canal twenty five years ago. People will have to find this out for themselves because the medical establishment is no help. There is far more money to be earned by ripping out your spleen, poisoning your body with chemo therapy and radiation. If that isn’t enough they will completely whack your immune system so they can implant healthy bone tissue from another hopefully healthier person. This may be the most important article concerning your health you ever read. Don’t enslave yourself to any establishment especially the so called medical practitioners. You are ultimately responsible for everything that affects your life, nobody is going to do it for you. Now is the time to take charge in your life.

  • Wow, thank you so much for this information! I just wish there was some advice for readers who have had a route canal, and also the reasons for why this is done in the first place. I was a kid when I had one and now it’s been in my mouth for 20 years but I have no idea why it was done, I’ll definitely have it checked out asap!

  • helen

    wow, this all makes so much sense – i’ve just had a bacterial infection in my top jaw caused by a tooth that had been root/c’d a few years ago – landed up in hospital it was that bad!!! Thank you for the information.

  • Thank you very much for this great article. It’s about time the public was made aware of what root canal treatment really is and what damage it *will* do, not *can* do!

    It’s not a new finding. My mother said to me decades ago when I told her that I’m going to the dentist: “Don’t let him talk you into a root canal treatment!” She had read about it in a health magazine and my whole family never had a root canal treatment after we had become aware of the problems.

    Later on I tried to study for myself all about the pro’s and con’s about modern dentistry. Cons more likely! We are conned and brainwashed that we need all those treatments although better treatments are available with the so-called Abrasive Technology, but nobody ever heard of it and I only know one dentist near London/UK who offers it.

    I have stopped going to the dentist altogether. It’s easy to have success if you are given the monopoly on pain killers. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Toothache is so excruciating that we are glad when we are finally at the dentist and he relieves us of the pain. We agree to anything.

    Nowadays, they don’t even do anything other than making us take a course of anti-biotics if we are in pain, they don’t even look at us. I don’t take anti-biotics ever, so I know the dentist is a waste of time for me.

    Well, too bad, I have found the very easy to use medicinal herbs that cure any toothache within hours, so I don’t have to go to the dentist ever again.

    And let’s not forget, cosmetic dentistry has nothing to do with dental medical treatment, only with vanity!

    • Noodle

      Hi – please tell us what herbs you refer to as effective for toothe-ache? Thanks

      • Jessica

        White Willow Bark capsules. Opening the capsule and making a poultice and placing that on the gums will numb the pain within a minute. It will last for a couple of hours. Also an aspirin/advil/tylenol crushed and applied to the gums of the painful area will numb the pain if you don’t have white willow bark, for immediate relief.

        • Ingrid

          The best remedy for an infection is Bee Propolis take a Qtip dip in the liquid Propolis and cover the whole area with Propolis the pain will disapear in a couple of minutes and the infections will be gone the next day. Save the Qtip to apply the Propolis 2-3 time per day.
          Bee Propolis is considerate one of the stongest
          Natural antibiotics and desinfections known. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties

      • I Pledged Allegiance

        Clove bud oil works really well for me

  • Les

    Great article, thank you! Two years ago I decided to have both my root canalled teeth removed after learning of the extreme dangers of root canal therapy. Unbeknown to me until that time, upon removal BOTH teeth had abscesses that had eaten into the jawbone (thus presenting major risk to my health as toxins would get into the bone marrow). Having worked with a highly respected holistic therapist, our first question asked of new clients who, for example, had just been diagnosed with leukaemia, was: “Have you had root canal?” I travelled 8 hrs to get to the dentist as he is ULTRA cautious in removing amalgams – a rubber diaphragm in the mouth which exposed ONLY the tooth he was working on at the time, and air from outside directed through a mask over the nose (for him and me) to avoid mercury traces being either swallowed or breathed in…and even then and immediately following each treatment, a dose of pure, black, treacle-like, repulsive but necessary VITAMIN C to boost the immune system in the event that some mercury may have been absorbed. I am horrified when I learn that friends have had their mercury amalgams removed without any precautions such as these, and I implore anyone considering root canal therapy to look long and hard into the subject before taking this major decision.

  • Meris

    Thank you for this! I was diagnosed last week with osteomyelitis (bone infection) of the lower jaw due to root canal work on a tooth done 16 months ago. I invite you to read about my horrific experience – 2 months of intense pain, including hospitalization, compounded by Geneva, Switzerland’s incompetent dentists and doctors being unable to diagnose the problem until a scan revealed it. I’m now on 3 months of antibiotic treatment, and haven’t yet escaped a possible operation and more time in hospital. Here is my story: http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.ch/2013/09/news-from-geneva-not-only-is-criminal.html

  • Chris

    Thanks for this article! I had a root canal on one of my front teeth about 17 years ago. I’ve also had a crown installed in a molar about 3 years ago. If I have these pulled, should I get implants installed in their place? The front tooth for cosmetic purposes and the molar for functional purposes.

  • Cathy

    A bunch of BS!! Number one who can afford a Implant to replace the tooth you are saying should be EXTRACTED?? And a root canal is a very safe procedure and the patients with the problems are may be in the 20% tile of the this article. If we keep extracting teeth then how will we eat hard food?? not to mention the fact that dentures are worse than a root canal. Root Canals are usually followed up with a core and crown so you can have teeth that look good and SERVE A PURPOSE, Because when you extract teeth the other teeth drift and in some cases lower them self’s to the meet the bottom teeth and then have to be extracted and you lost a perfectly good tooth. If your going to BASH one procedure that give the positive side as well! Shame on you because of this Stupid article were going to have people paying MORE for dental work and a toothless society! Tisk Tisk Tisk!!

  • Dianna

    What is recommended for those of us who have had root canals in the past? Especially in visible areas such as a front tooth? Are implants safe or recommended?

  • AMAZING timing!! So the best thing is to just remove a tooth that needs a root canal????

    What about teeth that already have a root canal in it?

    I KNOW that eventually I will need full dentures (family history & soft teeth from sucking lemons as a child & it taking the enamel off the teeth [& STILL doing it!!]) so it seems like that might just be what will need to be done. I have a tooth that had a root canal & crown but the crown came off & it’s just the bare bottom of the tooth – so I’m wondering if I should remove that vs leave it open/exposed.

    What would some of YOU that get this more technical stuff do for YOU?

    My 3rd eye/gut does NOT feel good about dental implants for ME (& I promote Medical Tourism in Costa Rica where it’s LOTS cheaper)

  • I Pledged Allegiance

    All i know is i had like 3 or 4 root canals done from 2010-2012. And crowns and that was not cheap. I had one of those membership dental insurance plans with Aetna which brought the prices down like 10 percent at the most , and now its 2016 im on medi-cal , denti-cal and finally got in to see a dentist to have an exam.
    A crown came loose back in november 2015 , and ill be totally honest , it probably happened after i had eaten some chewy sticky candy, although i tried to be careful , it wasnt now and laters (if you ever need to yank a loose tooth just eat those now and laters )

    So i called up the dental office where i had the expensive work done few years prior asking if i could just come in and have the dentist look at it and see if he can cement it back on.

    Simple request i thought. They dont take denti-?cal . And i didnt have a couple hundred dollars for a consultation and exams and x rays. The paperwork when i had the root canals says for 4 years to come in and make sure it is ok . They said if i had any pain or anything (right after they did the RCT and crowns) to let them know right away. BUT THE TEETH ARE DEAD so i never sensed the pain there. It radiated to my left ear though and now im putting all these pieces together.
    It totally makes sense. Ive been having somw very odd symptoms and odd infections , which were diagnosed and treated , but not all issues.
    Anyhow , my new dentist said my x rays show infections of 3 of the rtc’d teeth and recommended and referred me out to an endodontist for re treatment of those , basically a 2nd root canal of those crowns.
    Now if they were infected before i ate that stupid sticky shitty candy then i prefer not to have the retreatment but i remember the crowns not fitting right and had to be sent back to the lab. I dont think the rc were completely cleaned out successfully the first time. the endodontist admitted the file broke off just as she was about done with the one procedure and it may or may not cause any problems down the road . Neither she or the dentist who did the crowns are working in that office anymore. Shes not far but he ended up going back to Indiana after his practice under ownership in his name went belly up after a lawsuit and the rest of the staff stayed under new ownership and new name.
    So my dilemma . I am for sure having the tooth #31 the crownless one since november extracted. But as far as #18 and #30 im debating about 2nd rt canal treatment. I have faith that the referred endodontist will do a better job cleaning the canals and making sure there is no bacteria left like the last time.
    But insurance wont cover any of that so ill see if there is a decent payment plan offered for monthly payments or i could have them all extracted , which i really dont think will be good . Maybe just tooth 18 that way both sides will be even lol except 30 which im thinking i will just have rct on that tooth.

    And then there is that process of affected opposing teeth called supra eruption.
    I had one root canal . My very first tooth back in 2004. By a very skilled and awesome dentist on an upper tooth i think 13 or 14 just a single root . I dont believe any issues arised from that tooth.
    Its just those pesky molar . They are worth more money. And while i dont believe all dentists are out for the big bucks i can imagine how easy it would be to recommend the expensive rct treatment with crowns.
    What gets me is how all dentists learn and know how to do root canals. The one who did my first rc tooth practices general dentistry. He only referres me out for wisdom tooth extraction because one was impacted and grew in sideways.
    Maybe they feel billing all the work on ONE tooth crowns and root canal looks terribly high so by billing it separately in addition to not having to worry about surgeries and focus on basic dentistry is easier