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Root canals are trendy. Root canals are highly profitable for dentists. In spite of 16 different reasons a tooth can be sensitive or painful (See below), root canals are often one of the first procedures suggested by your dentist. Are root canals really required? Does your dentist know the truth about the high failure rate of root canals? Doctors would not leave the placenta inside a new mother once the baby was delivered. Without doubt, that would cause a life-threatening infection. Root canals are the ONLY medical or dental practice that permit a DEAD organ to remain inside the body. To hide this folly dentists say that they are “saving” the dead tooth. Likewise coffins “save” the contents within, while the corpse decays and putrifies out of sight. Dentists prefer to call dead teeth “non-vital” teeth. Unfortunately, most dentists are totally unaware of the vast research associated with the dangers of root canals. For example, 97% of patients with terminal cancer have had at least one root canal. Is that a coincidence? Before you allow your dentist to perform an expensive root canal procedure, and leave a highly-toxic dead organ in your body, please do your due diligence and read the information below. It could save you a world of pain and prevent future degenerative disease. I am NOT a dentist so I have nothing to gain from you. Dentists DO, as a root canal can cost $3,000 to $4,000.

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By Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS

“You need a root canal!” “Why?”

Do you really “need” a root canal? What are the conventional reasons for performing root canals over the past century?

  • Pain
  • Deep decay that has invaded the nerve chamber
  • Trauma (as in getting hit in the mouth with a baseball bat), and
  • Discomfort of unknown reason

What, exactly, are you getting for your money?

As recently as 1906, Mayo Clinic in conjunction with Weston Price DDS, MS as head of research for the dental association of that time, announced that root canals were a haven for disease-producing bacteria. Six PhDs working with Dr. Price for decades, and a team of microbiologists from Mayo Clinic identified these bacteria.

Dr. Price implanted root canal fragments under the skin of the belly of 60,000 rabbits. Results unequivocally proved that diseases of the humans, traveling in the root canaled teeth, could produce the same disease in the rabbit in a matter of weeks. Heart attacks could be transferred 100 percent percent of the time – implicating root canals as one of the primary causes of heart disease.

Root Canals are Breeding Grounds for Bacterial Toxins

Does it surprise you that dentistry has been able to keep this secret for over a century?

Consider the liability. Ask your dentist about this, and watch him/her run, hide, and “fire you as a patient.” Fear of license revocation prevents dentists from disclosing what they have been told does not exist. Dr. Price and Mayo identified dozens of diseases related to bacterial toxins created by bacteria in root canals. If one percent of the people with root canals and subsequent diseases sued their dentist, all the money in the world would be in the hands of lawyers.

Dentists are kept in the dark by conflicting reports by their own associations. Most dental associations say root canals are 97 percent successful, while not defining the term ‘successful.’ The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) says only 90 percent are successful. Back in 1925, Coolidge said 95 percent were successful. The Department of Health and Human Services said in 1984 that there is no way to evaluate the success of a root canal. Burket published that only 42 percent of root canaled teeth were “mechanically” correct in filling the canals. That was in the US. European journals on the topic reported about 30 percent.

Haden published that 87 percent of 1,500 teeth he studied microscopically were contaminated with bacteria. And Okabe published that 72.1 percent of the patients with root canals had bacteremia (i.e. bacteria in the blood that were identical to those found in the root canal tooth).

Most dentists will tell you that a front tooth has a single canal. Dr. Price showed that that same front tooth can have as many as 75 auxiliary canals running from the pulp chamber to the outside of the tooth. Clean and fill 75 canals? Yeah, sure. Especially if you’re not even aware they exist.

How Dental Practices Can Alter Your DNA and Promote Disease

So, how can anyone be sure who’s telling the truth?

DNA testing is currently recognized as being one of the most dependable methods of identifying anything that is living. Or dead, for that matter. Dinosaurs have had their DNA tested. That template is there, dead or alive.

Which brings up my primary concern. Toxins from these bacteria together with mercury from dental amalgam have the ability to alter your DNA. Deletions, substitutions, additions – lots of things can happen to your DNA molecules, or your RNA, which is the “carbon copy” of the original DNA. It’s the RNA that actually does the work of creating proteins that make up your body. Mess up the RNA, and you’re setting yourself up for disease. But, if you alter the DNA of a “germ cell,” that is sperm or egg, and your children – and grandchildren, as long as your family line continues to reproduce – will be forever altered. Alterations of this DNA are permanent. They cannot be reversed.

With DNA alterations readily available due to mercury and bacterial toxins, we now have the opportunity to create many new diseases, and/or birth defects. There are many popular diseases today that were not known a thousand years ago – or even 200 years ago. Sickle cell anemia, for example, was not around until 1910. Multiple sclerosis wasn’t known until (circa) 1832. Leukemia came close on its heels. Diabetes got a strong foot hold just after 1900. Heart disease was then becoming more prevalent – up to nearly 10 percent of the deaths in 1900. Today, it is given credit for being the number one killer! Multiple sclerosis went from an average 8,800 cases per year from 1970 through 1975, then suddenly skyrocketed to 123,000 in 1976.

Are there reasons for these dramatic increases?

Yes. Unfortunately, dental procedures can be implicated in all of these increases.

Are all root canals infected with bacteria? Today, non-invasive testing of the fluid around a root canal tooth by DNA can tell if pathological bacteria are growing along its root. After extraction of the tooth, pathological bacteria can be identified 100 percent of the time.

But, wait! There’s more… It was recently discovered that the bacteria are not confined to the tooth. We tested root fragments and found many bacteria, which is not too surprising. Then we tested the periodontal ligament – the attachment between tooth and bone – and found even more bacteria. There is no way to get to this area to sterilize it. An even more surprising discovery was that the blood surrounding the tooth also contained bacteria – as much as half an inch around the tooth is highly contaminated.

Unfortunately, surgical removal of the offending root canal tooth is not just a matter of yanking it out. There is a protocol that a few brave dentists – who defy the dictates of the dental associations – can perform to protect their patients and rid them of potential disease-producing condominiums called root canals.

What Kind of Diseases are Associated with Root Canals?

We have identified 28 bacteria that the literature reports are related to heart diseases, including heart attack, endocarditis, and heart valve infection. Neurological diseases are in second place with 23 bacteria reported to be causative or contributing factors. Liver function, kidney, breast cancer – the list becomes alarming, so it is time to inform the public what dentists cannot tell you out of fear of retribution from injured patients and their own association. The Dental Association would move from being one of the most respected professions to the least respected…

How many people are affected, and how?

While I cannot list every potential in this article, our figures indicate that over 90 percent of the patients seeking help for dental related problems suffer from chronic fatigue, and that’s just one example. How tiring can bacteria be? One group certainly can contribute. They are called “porins.” Few doctors and even fewer humans have ever heard of porins. The word comes from “pores.” These bacteria drill holes in red blood cells – pores – that allow hemoglobin to escape into the surrounding blood where the bacteria are lurking to suck up the iron. These bacteria, the porin producers, have a very high appetite for iron, and hemoglobin furnishes a never ending supply.

Once a red blood cell has a few pores punched in it – a sleeve is inserted as well, such that the red blood cell cannot heal – the red cell bleeds to death. Now the liver has to process all that hemoglobin scrap relieved of its iron, and calm the body from irritations due to the red cell contents being where they do not belong.

Another new kid on the block that may be dentally related is meningitis, which is a growing epidemic. When reading an article about the need for another meningitis vaccine, I recalled seeing meningitis listed as an effect of a few different bacteria that thrive in root canals and cavitations. Capnocytophaga ochnacea; Gemella morbillorum; Klebsiella oxytoca; Neisseria meningitidis; Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a few more.

For explanation, cavitations and root canal bacteria are grouped together in our testing of over 400 samples, as both are eliminated simultaneously. Cavitations are bony holes almost always (4,999 out of a measured 5,000) left after extraction of wisdom teeth. The sockets rarely heal and become lined with pathogenic anaerobic bacteria. This newspaper said that we need to vaccinate teenagers because meningitis is a potentially fatal disease that comes on fast. With these bacteria occurring in the sockets of wisdom teeth, and wisdom tooth extractions being popular with teens, is there a connection?

Here, you have a choice: to vaccinate or prevent.

Cleaning out a cavitation is a tricky procedure, and in many states an oral surgeon who cleans one out will lose his license, for cavitations “do not exist.” Yeah. Try dropping into one that is two centimeters big and tell me it doesn’t exist! General dentists can do it without as much threat.

Another new one is the human papilloma virus (HPV). We just identified two bacteria associated with HPV in dental implants.

Beware: Antibiotics are NOT the Answer

Why not just give everyone lots of antibiotics? Because most antibiotics are what are called “bactericidal,” meaning they explode the bacteria, causing even more grief for your immune system. Instead of having one bacterium to destroy, now your system has a hundred little pieces called “endotoxins” to dispose of. Besides, there are other side effects to the use of massive antibiotics, such as the destruction of beneficial gut bacteria, which also dampens your immune system.

It has been over 100 years since Mayo and Dr. Price announced their findings, but you do not have to wait another 100 years to protect yourself, your RNA, or the future DNA of the human race. This is a serious accusation. One that is very logical and provable by today’s DNA science. Scientists know it is possible. Now you do too.

More Information

For referrals to dentists who have various degrees of training in this field, please call our toll free number: 866-948-4638. We try to match client problems with the degree of dental revision training. You can also find more information on the following websites:

About the Author

Dr. Hal Huggins has been in practice for nearly 50 years, and has lectured 2,500 days in 14 countries and 46 of the US states. A pioneer in exposing mercury’s problem leaching out of dental amalgam, Dr. Huggins has become controversial for standing up for science and health. Root canals are a new sacred cow. He took four years for a post doc masters degree at the University of Colorado with emphasis on immunology and toxicology. Graduated in 1989. He has developed a system that reverses many autoimmune diseases, much to the dismay of foundations that get paid to look for a cause, not find one. He is currently devoted to generating public awareness about the consequences of having dead teeth – called root canals – in their mouths. The diseases they create are bad enough, but the irreversible damage to DNA is a serious problem that will not get the attention deserved until birth defects become the standard.


Toxic Teeth

Know your bacteria and how to treat it
By Sammy Noumbissi, DDS, MS

The prospect of having a root canal can be a nerve-wrenching experience to most people. Teeth treated with root canals tend to get re-infected and/or fractured because, essentially, they are mummified teeth.

What most people don’t realize is that root-canal procedures can lead to serious, life-threatening or chronic health issues including cancer and heart disease. But even when you choose to have a tooth extracted instead of a root canal, you are still at risk for developing a bone infection. This is due to trapped bacteria from insufficient cleaning at the time of extraction.

As early as 1920, GV Black, commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Dentistry,” observed, studied, and wrote about these bone infections and lesions. This is not to say that everyone undergoing this type of dental procedure will ultimately develop health issues as a result, but evidence is mounting that a huge percentage of us are at risk.

The Demon Bacteria

Ultimately, the perpetrator is a bacterium that was not neutralized or adequately flushed out after oral surgery or root-canal treatment. Teeth treated with root canals are never 100-percent sterilized because root canals are a system of millions of small microscopic canals coming off the main canal. These accessory canals are wide enough for bacteria to escape through, but too small for root-canal treatment chemicals to penetrate. Therefore, there are always bacteria left behind in a root-canal-treated tooth.

Since there is no foolproof way to clean out the narrow tubules of a dead tooth, it will eventually become an incubator for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria. It has been found that literally billions of bacteria live in and around root canals, where they generate some of the most toxic organic substances—a thousand times more toxic than botulism toxin. As the bacteria mutate over time into more and more virulent forms, they eventually migrate from the root of the tooth into the bone where they cause infections and bone death; this phenomenon is called osteonecrosis.

Inside these bone cavities the bacteria begin to produce more highly toxic poisons including mercaptans and thioethers. These toxic poisons leak into the blood stream and cause a host of health issues, both local to the jaw by affecting its blood supply and in other areas of the body. In addition to bacteria, sometimes this area will host other harmful elements including viruses, fungi, and parasites. In other words, when a root canal is performed on a tooth, bacteria from within that tooth can produce very strong chemicals that are highly neurotoxic.

Chronic Disease Linked to Root Canals

Dr. Weston Price, a well-known dentist and researcher noted for extensive research conducted in the early part of the 20th century, was able to demonstrate that a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases can and do originate from root-canal therapy. The most frequent are heart and circulatory diseases. The next most common diseases were those of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism, followed by diseases of the brain and nervous system. Through Dr. Price’s research, we now know that nearly every chronic degenerative disease links to root canals, including heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, joint and rheumatic diseases, neurological diseases such as ALS, autoimmune diseases, various types of cancers, musculoskeletal diseases, irritable bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, and even depression.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw After Tooth Extraction

As previously explained, after an extraction, if the bone is not properly cleaned and treated, the bacteria around the tooth or the mouth can be trapped in the bone and eventually release toxins. This scenario happens under what dentists consider the normal extraction situation; the tooth is removed but the ligament that holds the tooth in place is left behind, and consequently toxins remain within the ligament. These may infect and destroy the bone, and eventually seep slowly into the body. Research shows these toxins can then combine with chemicals or heavy metals, such as mercury, and form even more potent toxins. Over time, these neurotoxins travel into the bloodstream where they destroy many critically important enzymes.

You might think it’s bad enough to think about having neurotoxic bacteria, fungi, and other unsavory creatures swimming in the open spaces between your teeth and gums, but there is actually something worse—Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (NICO), also commonly called cavitations. Now, cavitations are exactly what they sound like—a hollowed out area or hole. In this case, a cavern occurs when active bacteria has successfully departed the original post-surgical site and has somehow begun to affect and destroy the actual jawbone.

Every additional hole created by this process is filled with decaying bone and tissue that leaves behind an ever-greater potential for multiple strains of bacteria and their associated neurotoxins to flourish and grow. Eventually, this caustic soup of poison leaks into the blood stream where it can cause or exaggerate other existing health issues in the body.

How Do You know If You Have Osteonecrosis of the Jaw?

Although cavitations can go undetected for years in an otherwise healthy person, jaw pain sometimes occurs in patients suffering from bone lesions. Sometimes jaw pain will manifest after a sinus infection, which can then also lead to the discovery of a cavitation.

But it seems that the vast majority of people seeking to discover whether or not they have cavitations are those also suffering from other chronic-health issues. It is the overriding health condition that has brought them back to the dentist seeking ways to cut down on potential toxins flowing into the bloodstream. The first step in successfully diagnosing cavitations can be made using a variety of diagnostic tools that include CAT scans and MRI’s. But since these methods expose a patient to undesirably high levels of radiation, they aren’t the optimal tools for detection. The best method of detection is often through a ConeBeam Cat Scan (CBCT) and applied kineseology (AK) or muscle testing.

Treatment for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Once properly diagnosed, treatment for a cavitation commonly starts by surgically removing any dead bone, tissue, and other debris. Additional treatment options include using lasers and ozone treatments, as well as probiotics and other natural products/techniques. Once applied, these methods help to create a clean and sterile environment that promotes healing at the site, and ultimately throughout the body. Furthermore, all extracted teeth must be replaced with biologic non toxic materials such as ceramic dental implants, which are made of zirconia. Zirconia, compared to titanium, has far superior stability as it does not corrode nor release ions in the body.

Sammy Noumbissi, DDS MS, is an Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry at Wichita State University, President and Clinical Director at Miles of Smiles Implant Surgery, CEO and Dental Implantology Director at Miles of Smiles Implant Surgery, and a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology.


 Root Canal Therapy

To completely sterilize the entire inside of a tooth as part of the Root Canal procedure may well be impossible, when a dentist removes the bulk of the nerve from the root canal, he cannot treat the countless tubules with the dead nerve tissue that remains, this dead nerve tissue is often infected and remains in teeth, that have root canal therapy, the dentist removes about an inch of infected nerve from the tooth, but all of these untreated and possibly infected tubules remain in the tooth.

Drilling causes trauma and inflamation in tooth nerve and bone. This leads to high fluid pressure in hard tissue which cannot expand, chocking off oxygen and blood flow leading to pain or death of nerve and bone. Drilling also causes cracking of the crystaline enamel leading to decay and future dentistry. Normal teeth cleaning cuts and ruptures the inmune membrane leading to infection inside the gum tissue which spreads throughout the body.

This infection is the threat that Dr. Weston Price found could challenge one’s immune system and contaminate one’s body to the point of causing illness. The dentist could have cleaned and filled the main root canal but the dentist cannot treat about 3 million nerve fibrils microscopic tubules with toxic contamination going through the body of the tooth from the nerve in the root canal to the surface of the tooth, while the toxins escape from the tooth into one’s body.

There are millions of nerve fibrils going through the body of the tooth from the nerve in the root canal to the surface of the tooth.

They travel through the body of the tooth in microscopic tubules.

When a dentist removes the bulk of the “nerve” from the root canal, he cannot treat the countless tubules with the dead nerve tissue that remains.

This dead nerve tissue is often infected and remains in the teeth that have root canal therapy.

The dentist removes abour an inch of nerve from the tooth, but all of these untreated, and possibly infected, tubules remain in the tooth.

There are about 3 miles of these tubules with dead debris in the average tooth…

Three miles of possible infection.

This infection is the threat that Dr. Weston Price found could challenge one’s immune system and contaminate one’s body to the point of causing illness.

Over time chronic infection may result with bone damage and production of extremely toxic waste products.  Granuloma Periapical Cyst (infected root and bone ) also known as dental foci is a terminal condition of a chronic inflammatory process and as such already acts as a secondary focus, the primary focus in the root canal cannot be see on a X-Ray film. Long before the granuloma is formed, this primary focus bone osteitis result with bone damage and production of extremely toxic waste products, chemical toxicants isolated from infected root canal, in situ testing of teeth for toxicity and infection, there is a major question as to whether or not toxicant producing anaerobic bacteria exist with a tooth containing a root canal that elicits no pain and shows no real sign of infection on X-Ray film, with obviously infected root canal tooth material produce toxins. Toxicants that are released externally to cause inflammatory effect granuloma cyst and other related problems.

The bacteria of root canal produce toxins that have been proposed to exacerbate several clinical conditions including osteopenia, oral bone destruction, pneumonia, cardiovascular disease.

Root Canal Therapy contain toxins according to new and old research, preliminary results or recent research by biochemist at the Medical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics Department of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, confirm earlier research that a significant percentage of root canal teeth contain high enough levels of toxins to adversely affect human health. Boyd Haley, Ph.D. tested 40 root canal teeth which showed high levels of toxicity. Toxicity was determined by comparison to the toxic effects of solution of (H2S) Hydrogen Sulfide, a very toxic compound produced by bacteria found in root canal and periodontal disease.

Several chemical toxins, including (H2S), and methylmercaptan, are know to be produced in periodontal disease and root canal by anaerobic bacteria, also is well known to be a very toxic lethal gas at 700 ppm. Toxicity was measure by determining the effects of extracted toxins on the binding activity of several enzymes found in brain tissue. Toxins were extracted from teeth by the simple process of placing the tooth in 1 milliliter of distilled water for 30 minutes. The overall goal of the research involves the isolation, identification and characterization of toxicants from the most teeth material. The first specific aim will be to identify a significant number of teeth that are most toxic and categorize them with regards to which enzymes they inhibit, the second specific aim will bee to isolate and identify these toxicants using extraction procedures and GC-Mass Spectrometry, this would allow rational decisions to be made concerning the infective state of the tooth in situ.

Dr. Boy Haley says more toxins could be released in the extract if the periodontal ligament was scrapped before processing and level of toxicity observed in some of the root canal teeth is very impressive enough, found that 75 percent of the root canal teeth he tested contain high levels of toxins.

Dr George Meinig’s book Root Canal Cover-Up , estimates 75 percent of patients suffer chronic and degenerative illnesses due to root canal filled teeth. He says since the discovery of penicillin and antibiotics, root canal specialist believe infections of teeth no longer cause disease in other part of the body, and they fail to accept the existence of bacteria trapped inside the dental tubules which make up 90 percent of the structure of teeth, the group of patient whose immune systems have been compromised by illnesses, accidents, poor nutrition, develops a variety of condition which end up in their going from doctor to doctor in desperate attempts to find the cause of their problem. A high percentage of these cases are due to the bacteria coming from their root canal filled teeth. Once confronted with root canal teeth being a possible source of their illnesses, patients often recall their health problems seemed to start right after the root canal treatment was undertaken. When these infected teeth are removed , many find their illnesses disappear.

Root canals are a part of dentistry called endodontics, which is concerned with the pathology of dental pulp and the area surrounding the root. A root canal is a procedure to allow a tooth that is painful or no longer viable because of nerve damage or death to remain in the mouth. Most dentists consider root canals an advance in dentistry–superior alternative to removal of a seriously compromised tooth. However a growing number of physicians, including dentists, believe that root canals can be the cause of, or at least contribute to, a long list of illnesses and degenerative diseases.

A “root canal” allows a patient to keep a dead tooth in his or her mouth. The fallacy with this concept is that the body doesn’t like dead things in it and will try, sometimes desperately, to get rid of the dead thing. Notwithstanding, the fact that it may be “handy” to save a tooth for “dental convenience”, it does not change the fact that root canal treatments can devastate the human immune system. Twenty million root canals are performed in the U.S. annually, and this number is estimated to double within the next few years.

There are many presumptions about root canal therapy which are based in myth rather than science. The philosophy underlying the teaching of dentistry limits its practice to mechanics, pain control and aesthetics. The systemic effects of dental treatment are rarely considered.

Conventional root canals have been controversial since the turn of the century, when formaldehyde was used to treat the nerve which inevitably killed it, and the bone around the tooth, as well. This treatment is still used by 20% of American dentists and is called the Sargenti method, but it is denounced by the ADA because it contains formaldehyde compounds and lead. The current formulas are said to have removed the lead, but tens of millions of root-canal treatments using the old formulas are still in people’s mouths. While the normal dental profession has been striving to improve the technique, much research has shown that even modern root canals pose health hazards to the body. This is due to the delitirious effects of residual infections; from the seepage of toxic substances still used in the process; and from the interference of the flow of bioelectrical energy through acupuncture meridians associated with all the organs of the body.

All conventional root canals still do employ toxic substances to sterilize the interior of the tooth, such as eugenol (oil of clove) and formocresol (formaldehyde-creosote). Most dentists also use gutta-percha to fill the canal.

In the 1950’s Reinhold Voll, a German M.D., using an electro-acupuncture biofeedback system he had developed, discovered that each tooth in the mouth relates to a specific acupuncture meridian. He found that if a tooth became infected or diseased, the organ on the same meridian would also become unhealthy. Conversely, he found that a diseased organ could cause a problem with its corresponding tooth.)

When you have a root canal, or even a big filling, or crown or anything that is not compatible with the body, it sets up an interference field, blocking or altering the energy meridian passing through it. It will affect different parts along that meridian, different organ systems in the body. And usually will cause it to have a problem as well.

If the tooth is removed, the energy does tend to pass through it. However, without the tooth in the bone, it is still altered. Without stimulation from a tooth, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage will be impaired, and the bone and tissue surrounding the extraction site can become diseased and die. Infections in the teeth, and toxins, have no place to go but down; down into the jaw bone and into the rest of the body, creating systemic pathologies.

Of equal interest is the relationship of root filled teeth to traditional Chinese medicine and body energies. All teeth are linked to the body via acupuncture meridians and having a root filled tooth, a large amalgam filling, a crown, or anything that is not compatible with the body, on a meridian may set up an interference field, blocking or altering the energy flow (the chi) passing through this meridian and cause a disease in an organ or body function remote from the tooth. For example a front upper incisor is on the Kidney/ Bladder meridians and having a root treated tooth here may cause gynecological problems, kidney problems, impotence, and sterility if you follow a Chinese medicine theme. These teeth also relate to spinal segments and joints, the front incisor relates to the coccyx and posterior knee and to L2, 3, S 3, and 6.

If the tooth is removed, the energy does tend to pass through it; however, without the tooth in the bone, it is still altered. Without stimulation from a tooth, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage will be impaired, and the bone and tissue surrounding the extraction site can become diseased (cavitations) and die. Infections in the teeth and toxins have no place to go but down; down into the jawbone and into the rest of the body, creating systemic pathologies. Some dentists are trained to look for these areas on X-rays and Cavitat procedures and when these areas are treated they can also bring considerable improvements in patients health. This energetic relationship between teeth and the rest of the body is opening whole new avenues of dental care and the chance for dentists to work with other complementary health workers.

It is assumed in dentistry that the extent of bone loss is a direct indication of the amount of infection present. This is a false assumption because the bone loss may take time to develop. The extent of the bone loss about the end of the root is also a function of the body’s immune system being able to isolate the infection process. It has little to do with the degree of infection. Sometimes there is no bone loss, but instead, a condensation of bone about the end of a dead tooth. Dentists are taught that this indicates a lack of infection. The reality is that teeth showing a Condensing Osteitis are demonstrating that the body’s immune system is incapable of quarantining the infection locally. These are often the teeth which cause the greatest systemic effects.

The toxins generated by the root canal can combine with the mercury leaching from the amalgams and create new chemicals of a much higher toxicity. Some combinations can be more potent than Clostridium botulinum (responsible for botulism). Any time you bite down, you are potentially squirting a few molecules of dental poisons into the bloodstream-and often it only takes a few molecules to create a serious problem.

“Root canals” cause:

Suppression of the immune system

The creation of an “interference field” on the meridian that the particular tooth is on (meridian – a channel of energy that flows between different tissues, organs and structures).

The production of the most toxic organic substance known to man.

Root-canal fillings can cause serious side effects. Dr. Weston Price is recognized as the greatest researcher that the dental profession has ever produced. Dr. Price, after observing many patients with crippling degenerative diseases not responding to treatment, suspected infected root canal-filled teeth to be the cause. He then embarked on a 25-year-long study to see if his suspicions were correct. This study was done during the first 3 decades of the 20th century! However this information was not shared with us when we were dental students so we had a big void in our dental education where root canals are concerned.

The Procedure

After numbing the tooth, a hole is then drilled in the top of the tooth, just as if a filling were being placed. The hole is deepened until the internal canal (pulp chamber), containing the nerve, blood and lymph vessels, is reached. Then, little tiny files are used to remove the contents of the chamber (live, dead, or dying pieces of nerves and blood vessels). The dentist now has access to the whole length of the root-canal. Front teeth are supposed to have one, but may have an additional one splitting off of the main canal about one-third of the way up from the apex. These will not show up on X-ray. Multi-rooted teeth, such as some bicuspids and most molars, have two or three roots. Each root has a primary canal and may have a secondary one as well. Lower molars frequently have two canals in one root that sort of blend into each other, forming what is called a ribbon canal. Curved canals present a problem, as the files used to cut out infected dentin are straight.

Sometimes a file will penetrate the tooth at the curve, and cut its way out of the tooth, missing the curve entirely. Toward the bottom 10 millimeters of the tooth, accessory canals may exit the tooth. Removing the dead tissue and bacteria from each of the canals presents the problem of not being able to see whether all the contents are removed. It’s a dark tiny hole, down a long skinny root, and bacteria and debris are smaller. Knowing when to stop at the apex is another trick. X-ray films are shadows, and show an approximation of how long the root is, but they don’t provide detail about the end of the root. Filling the canal to the x-ray end would actually overfill the canal. Overfilling is a condition most often apt to create infection, thus the presence of unwanted bacteria.

The now empty canal is widened. Next, a series of treatments is begun which clean and shape the root-canal, which kills the tooth. It is then flushed, treated with chemicals to kill bacteria, and eventually filled with one of a variety of materials, the most popular (93% in U.S.), is a substance called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a a rubbery, wax petroleum-based latex material, to which some people are allergic. First, the wax is mixed with chloroform to make it soft. Since gutta-percha does not show up on x-rays, heavy metals, including mercury and lead, are added, to make it radiopaque–sometimes up to 20% of its content. Other chemicals it may contain include formocreasol or para­chlorophenol. These substances can cause inflammation and infection, allergic reactions, and compromise the immune system.

Eugenol based cements are used to cement the gutta percha cones into the enlarged canals. Eugenol has an acid pH whereas the living tissues that surround the root have an alkaline pH. To kill the bacteria, caustic solutions are flushed into them, but the surface tension of the solutions is too high to allow it into the narrow dentin tubules. Sodium hypochlorite (Clorox) and hydrogen peroxide mixtures are used to “sterilize” the inside of the main canals. Sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide both will injure tissue. These cause inflammation and infection, allergic reactions, and compromised immunity. Dr. Weston Price found that teeth retain their sterility at best for only about two days. Most lost sterility within less than twenty four hours. Studies on thousands of teeth have demonstrated the presence of bacteria in 80% to 90% of the canals after they have been “sterilized.” The primary bacteria found in root canals by Dr. Price included streptococcus, staphylococcus, and spirochetes. He found 90% of the bacteria in the teeth that produced the patients’ acute diseases were streptococcus and 65.5% of the time they belonged to the fecalis family. Bacteriologists today have confirmed that Price’s discoveries were accurate.

Once the root-canal treatment is completed, the top of the tooth in which the hole was drilled is restored with either a filling or crown, depending upon the amount of tooth that remains. A patient is routinely told that a crown will be needed for strength because root-canal treated teeth become brittle and weak because of the inside, including the blood vessels and nerves, having been drilled out to do the treatment. It is quite possible that there will be little of the original tooth left above the gum line and that which is left will be weak. In many cases, a post is placed into the root-canal itself to hold the crown.


Conventional dental procedures do not take into account biocompatibility of the filling materials, potential injury to surrounding tissues due to the caustic nature of substances used and a high percentage of residual bacterial contamination. According to research by Dr. Boyd Haley of the University of Kentucky, at least 75% of root canal teeth have residual bacterial infections remaining in the dentinal tubules, of which there are 3-5 miles in length in each tooth. There is no drug, homeopathic remedy, vitamin or mineral that can effectively kill these tiny bacteria that live in the small tubules in the tooth. Only the use of bio-frequencies (Rife technology) has the capability of pentrating the surrounding bone and root without any damage to tissues. Even then, there is no way to stop new bacteria from entering these tubules from the oral cavity again. These lingering infections produce the most toxic substances known to biochemistry and toxicology, that enter the blood stream and can affect any part of the body.

A dentist, Weston A. Price, brought this information to light in the 1940s. Unfortunately for patients and the dental profession, his scientific documentation and views were pushed aside. To date there is no acceptable conventional therapy to resolve this issue.

Focal Site of Infection

A tooth is an organ, just as any other organ or bone in the body. An abscessed or gangrenous tooth is not only a dead tooth, it is a dead organ. The problem arises because these teeth are dead and prone to infection can threaten to infect surrounding tissue, including the jawbone, possibly triggering cavitations.

Today we know that the toxins made by the bacteria that live by the billions in root-canal teeth contain the most toxic organic substance known to man—thio-ethers. Thio-ethers are 1,000 times more toxic than botulism toxin, which used to be considered the most toxic organic substance.

So, from a practical standpoint, one would be well-advised to worry less about anthrax and smallpox, and instead, focus on root canals which are much more likely to cause you personal harm. In addition to thio-ethers, other severe toxins from these root-canal bacteria include thio-ethanols and mercaptans which have been found in the tumors of women who have breast cancer, draining through the lymphatic system down the cervical chain of lymph nodes and ultimately in to the breast tissue. Besides being harbored in root canals, these dangerous bacteria also take up residence in cavitations which result from most extracted teeth. Thus one can get a “double-whammy” from the root canals and the cavitations.

Matgnified(X5000) Longitudinal dentinal tubes

Dentinal Tubules

A tooth is basically comprised of 3 layers. The enamel (what we see when we look at another person’s teeth, the hard, white attractive outer layer of the tooth), the pulp (a tiny island of soft tissue at the center of the tooth – the same place in a tooth that a core would be in an apple – the so-called “nerve”), and the dentin. Dentin accounts for about 90% of the tooth. When looked at under a microscope, dentin has a very specific structure. It is made up of “millions” of incredibly tiny tubules that radiate outward from the pulp to the outer edge of the tooth.

If one could some how take each of one of these “millions” of tubules in a front tooth and lay them end to end, they would stretch for 3 miles. Although microscopic in size, these tubules are adequate to house billions of bacteria and even yeast and fungi. The tubules are wide enough to accomodate eight streptococci abreast. These dentinal tubules are like tiny pipes that radiate outward from the pulp to the outer surface of the tooth–kind of like spokes of a wheel (if you think of a cross-section of a tooth). The centers of these tubules are filled with living protoplasm. The protoplasm in these tubules has no blood supply so it depends on the blood vessels in the pulp for it’s nourishment or sustenance.

Dentin tubules within the root of the tooth can harbor millions of bacteria. These tubules extend from the pulp chamber to the outer bounds of the tooth called the cementum. The periodontal ligament and the apex of the tooth still contain bacteria from the original infection. It is impossible to sterilize the tubules, the ligament, or the apex. Since 93% of root canal treated teeth in the U.S. are filled with gutta percha, and the purpose of filling the canal is to seal the canal from access by bacteria, several basic principles must be ignored to pronounce the canal “sealed.” First, the wax is mixed with chloroform to make it soft. The chloroform evaporates, creating 6.6% space that was occupied by the chloroform. Instruments used to condense the gutta percha are heated in order to soften the wax. When heated wax cools, it shrinks–up to 30% in the first week after placement. This allows a half-micron-sized bacterium to easily make it through the apex, up the root, and into the dentin tubules.

The relatively huge white blood cells cannot get into a dentin tubule. Antibiotics can’t gain access either. And the periodontal ligament access is difficult if not impossible. Debris from filling the canal spills out the end of the root, forming a good culture medium for bacteria, while providing a barrier for entrance into the canal. Anaerobic bacteria (those living without oxygen), can inhibit phagocytosis of the white blood cells. Root canal bacterial waste products are the real problem. No white blood cell or antibiotic can destroy the chemicals that are produced by bacteria around the root canal treated tooth.

These chemicals kill the most important enzymes in our bodies at lower concentrations than the most toxic of known organic poisons. Disease can result when these are present at little more than the molecular level of concentration. Mercury at 1 to 5 micromolar concentrations will totally abolish the activity of tubulin without any noticeable effect on other brain proteins. Even one-half part per billion can destroy the most resistant enzymes. Inactivating these essential enzymes can lead to many hormonal neurological, autoimmune, and emotional diseases.

In the presence of these root canal poisons, tubulin and creatine kinase, two critical proteins involved in brain function, are inactivated within a few minutes. In a healthy person, the immune system will form pus, soreness, tenderness, and pain–to tell us dead teeth do not belong there. The dentist, anxious to protect his investment in the root canal, will usually prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics in an effort to calm the situation. Antibiotics will eventually halt the inflammatory process around the root canal tooth, and the pain will subside, but there is no repair.

The doctor and patient are now lulled into the illusion that the root canal is successful, but the body undergoes further protective activities; if it cannot loosen up the tooth and exfoliate it, the body builds a wall around it and set up a quarantine, a dense layer of calcium, called condensing osteitis is laid down around the root, giving the x-ray appearance of healed bone. The bacteria cannot invade the body, nor can the white cells invade the tooth. Even though cells cannot cross the calcium barrier, nutrients can get through to nourish the isolated bacteria, and the toxins can flow into the body unimpeded, to set up disease. There is intense resistance from the dental profession to admit to the potential of root canal teeth being a primary source of “incurable” diseases today. The legal profession and insurance carriers aren’t anxious to confront these problems. The root canal tooth can then start the usually silent process of ischemic osteonecrosis (cavitations) in the bone marrow, that can then spread and destroy the blood vessels and nerves supplying adjacent teeth.

Millions of people are ill, suffering from degenerative diseases for which the medical profession is at a loss regarding cause and treatment; the degenerative disease problem continues to bankrupt our people and country. Once a “root-canal” is done to a tooth, the pulp is gone (sacrificed) – which makes a root canal tooth a dead tooth–an expensive, dead tooth. Now the protoplasm in these miles and miles of dentinal tubules dies, and these tubules become a “dandy” place for bacteria to hang out. They have “free eats” on the dead, decaying protoplasm in the tubules.

These tubules are 1 to 1.3 microns in diameter–big enough to accommodate bacteria, but too small to allow entry of white blood cells (which are the body’s principal way of controlling excessive bacterial populations). Now your root-canal tooth becomes a bacteria factory. The bacteria now are cloistered away from the body’s defenses and thus have free reign to proliferate. Existing inside the tooth, these bacteria have no access to air so they mutate into the anaerobic form–the kind that can live in the absence of air. When the bacteria mutate, their metabolism changes so that they give off waste products that are incredibly toxic. These toxins include thio-ethers, thio-ethanols, and mercaptans (see “Cavitations”).

Protocol for Removal of a Root Canal Filled Tooth



After the tooth has been removed , slow- speed drilling with round burr is used to remove one millimeter of the entire bony socket including the apex area. The purpose of the procedure is to remove the periodontal ligament and the first millimeter of bone as they are usually infected with toxins living in the tubules. The periodontal ligament is always infected; the purpose of the apex area procedure is to remove the granuloma cyst.

After the extraction has been done, the alveolar socket defect should be filled and repaired.

The problem of bone loss resulting from alveolar ridge defects .

Is mandatory the graft defects to replace and maintain alveolar bone. The most common alveolar ridge defects is created by tooth extractions. Grafting extraction sites is now emerging as a new standard of care in order to prevent a Chronic ridge deformity at untreated extraction site.

Completely biocompatible bone graft stimulate new bone growth. BioGraft granules of Matrix of Calcium Phosphate-the mineral that makes up coral. Is a bone graft designed to be used into the defect / socket to aid bone regeneration. Is indicated for the contouring and improvement of alveolar ridge deformities, and for the support and filling of tooth sockets, alveolar bony defects and cyst defects following extraction or removal. Essentially, the granules become an integral part of the ridge, helping to restore alveolar height and width. This natural porosity is intended to encourage rapid ingrowths of connective tissue and subsequent deposition of bone.

Vicryl a Guided tissue regeneration membranes barrier, placed directly over the bone graft matrix.

The principles of the guided tissue regeneration resorbable membranes barrier, apply to the treatment of localized osseous alveolar defects, has been designed to regenerate osseous tissue in accordance with the biological principles, the inner portion is occlusive to inhibit connective tissue from migration into the wound, the stiffness of this portion maintains a space to contain the blood clot, create an area into which osseous cells can migrate, the outer portion of the membranes is flexible enough to drape smoothly over the margins of the defects and enhance flap managements. The more open microstructure allows for tissue integration, adding stability to the wound and preventing leakage of connective tissue between the membrane, bone grafting and the bone during healing. By excluding connective tissue from the wound healing process, bone can more predictably regenerate to fill the socket defect space. The application for the membranes has been used for extraction sockets with bone grafting.


  1. History clinic questionnaire
  2. Blood work analysis test
  3. Cardiologist MD evaluation and EKG
  4. History clinic questionnaire
  5. After and before surgery I would suggest a very simple way to boost your immune system would be to get some Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HOT). I would recommend performing at least one treatment prior to having Oral Surgery, one treatment the day of the surgery, and then follow up with at least three after surgery.

This type of surgery cannot be accomplished when the patient has mercury filling, because the vapor from the mercury filling does not permit a good healing recovery of the soft and hard tissues.

In my experience for doing this kind of work for more than ten years. I believe that if you have infections from cavitational jaw lesions and Root Canal filled tooth they are basically a lethal container of toxic tissue, also know as dental foci. This infection can have such global devastating effects in your immune system.

Each tooth is on an acupuncture “meridian” and any disease with or around the tooth may disturb the energy flow along the meridian that is like an invisible electrical wire; it is similar to a short circuit.

To completely sterilize the entire inside of a tooth as part of the root canal procedure may well be impossible, when a dentist removes the bulk of the nerve from the root canal, he cannot treat the countless tubules with the dead nerve tissue that remains this dead nerve tissue is often infected and remains in teeth that have root canal therapy the dentist removes about an inch of infected nerve from the tooth , but all of these untreated and possibly infected tubules remain in the tooth. This infection is the threat that DR. WESTON PRICE found could challenge one’s immune system and contaminate one’s body to the point of causing illness. The dentist could have cleaned and filled the main root canal, but the dentist cannot treated about 3 millions of nerve fibrils/ microscopic tubules with toxic contamination going through the body of the tooth from the nerve in the root canal to the surface of the tooth . The toxins escapes from the tooth into one’s body.

Over time chronic infection may result with bone damage and production of extremely toxic waste products. The bacteria of root canal produce toxins that have been proposed to exacerbate several clinical conditions including osteopenia, oral bone destruction, pneumonia, cardiovascular disease . Root canal teeth contain toxins according to new & old research; preliminary results or recent research by biochemist Boyd Haley at the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics Department of the University of Kentucky Medical Center confirm earlier research that a significant percentage of root canal teeth contain high enough levels of toxins to adversely affect human health. Boyd Haley, Ph.D. tested 40 root canal teeth showed high levels of toxicity. Toxicity was determined by comparison to the toxic effects of solution of (H2S) hydrogen sulfide, a very toxic compound produced by bacteria found in Root Canal and Periodontal Disease.

Cavitation of jaw bone infections is a cavity left in the bone of the jaw when a tooth is not completely extracted or when the periodontal ligament, the tough fibrous tissue that holds the root of a tooth to its bony socket, fails to break down and disappear during the healing process. This fibrous tissue prevents the growth of new healthy bone in that area, causing a serious infection of jaw bone.


Immediately after the surgical extraction your are wearing a partial removal denture the comfortable Free-metal LUCITONE

What is intravenous sedation?

For longer more complex visit of surgical procedure my surgical room is equipped with patient monitoring equipment to assure you comfort and safety during surgery and Intravenous Sedation. My M.D. Anesthesiologist provide you Intravenous Sedation .Once you have experienced Intravenous Sedation sleep oral surgery with my Anesthesiologist Dr. Maurcio Echeverria and Dra. Corinne Vizcarra Oral Surgeon , you will never be afraid to go to the oral surgery again. You will be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were a sleep. You will wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished .Because you are completely comfortable . Intravenous Sedation is the state-of –the –art-technique for the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in dentistry, Intravenous Sedation uses sedative drugs that are delivered through the blood stream. Intravenous Sedation ‘s superior results make it the method of choice for the treatment of the highly fearful patient and those patient that want to b e very comfortable during treatment . Because of the kinds of drugs used and the method of their delivery, Intravenous Sedation allows the oral surgeon to control the drugs effects precisely. The history of Intravenous Sedation goes back to the 1960’s at the Central Medical Hospital around of the world. Since this time there have been many different drugs and techniques used. With these advancements, the safely record of Intravenous Sedation is continued to improve.My Oral surgical Clinic , has a Mexico permit to perform this procedure , my office have a specially equipped , with emergency equipment and drugs .Dr. Maurcio Echeverria MD Anesthesiologist has been granted conscious sedation license and permits to perform this advanced sedative technique. The office has state-of-art- patient monitoring equipment to assure you comfort and safety during sedation .The office contains more emergency equipment and drugs than required by law and the staff constantly trains to provide the highest level of sedation care possible.


Dr. Mauricio Echeverria Anesthesiologist and Dr. Corinne Vizcarra Oral Surgeon , calls IV sedation of the safest of all sedation techniques .“While any sedative technique carries a degree of risk, the drugs and their slow delivery accompanied by modern monitoring equipment make I.V. sedation extremely safe. Complications arising during sedation were less than 0.2% and even those were minor. “ Since our office performs numerous sedation every months, we train constantly to be prepared for any occurrence .Truly a testimonial to the safety of IV sedation . In the majority of surgical cases the assistance of a medical specialist in Anesthesiology is necessary . The Anesthesiologist will insure your comfort, relaxation, tranquility, and pain-free surgery, by Intravenous modern medications. Each moment your vital functions ( heart, lungs, brain, liver and kidneys ) will be monitored. When oral surgery is to be performed, such as surgical cleaned- out of osteitis cavitation areas, extraction of root canal filled teeth, and “wisdom teeth “ the anesthesiologist will administer intravenously a sedative, this is not General Anesthesia , during which the patient is completely asleep, but rather, is sedated, relaxed and comfortable, yet awake, able to respond to verbal requests. The oral surgeon uses an anesthetic ( Local Anesthesia ) only in the location to be operated, the sedated patient feels no discomfort during the application of local anesthetic. During the procedure, the anesthesiologist will closely monitor the condition of the patient including heart rate and function, arterial blood pressure, lung function etc. Upon completion of the procedure, the Anesthesiologist will administer medicine antidotes which may be necessary to counter the sedatives used, thereby allowing the patient to walk from the clinic , home or hotel, with only the help of one individual.

Trans- Operative Homeopathy Protocol Intravenous Infusion

Ascorbic acid I.V.
Curative properties :Antibiotic, antihistaminic, detoxifying chelating agent

Sanukehl Staph 5x I.V. – Sanum remedies
Curative properties: Homeopathy antibiotic from infection by staphylococci. osteomyelitis, meningitis, otitis, endocarditis.

Sanukehl Strep 5x – I.V. Sanum- Remedies
Curative properties: Homeopathy antibiotic: from infection by streptococcus osteomyelitis, otitis media, myocarditis, polyarthritis,

Notakehl 5x – I.V. Sanum remedies
Curative properties: Homeopathy antibiotic” For bacterial conditioned suppuration, act specifically in all infection caused by streptococci and staphylococci , otitis, neuritis osteomyelitis.

Arthrokehlan “ A “ 6 X I.V. Sanum remedies
Curative properties : Homeopathy antibiotic: isolated from the bacterial flora of human dental granuloma, for bacterial condition.

Echinacea Forte I.V. – Heel remedies
Curative properties: to strengthen the immune system, anti-inflammatory and septic processes

Traumeel I.V. – Heel remedies
Curative properties: Anti- inflammatory, analgesic , anti-edematous, anti-exudative effects

Lymphomyosot I.V. Hell remedies
Curative properties: Improvement of Lymphatic function, to stimulate the drainage or canalization trough the organs of elimination

Galium I.V. Hell remedies
Curative properties:: To activate the immune system , particularly in chronic diseases, detoxifying agent.

Coenzyme comps I.V. Hell remedies:
Curative properties: Anti-inflammatory, to stimulate the enzymatic system particularly in chronic diseases .

Based on a 25 year extensive study by respected researcher, Dr. Weston Price, scientific data suggests that root canal therapy is the cause of many systemic diseases and illnesses. Dr. Price devised a testing method which disclosed the presence of infection in a tooth which otherwise seemed to be healthy–that is, the implanting of the root canal filled tooth under the skin of a laboratory animal. He found that when the root-filled tooth of a patient with a degenerative disease was extracted and imbedded in an animal, that animal would develop the patient’s disease. He did this in over 5,000 animal studies and the results were consistent.

In the beginning, Dr. Price did not know just where the infection was hiding in the tooth, only that a patient’s illness was rapidly transferred from his root-filled tooth to laboratory animals in case after case. Dr. Price was able to culture the bacteria in root-filled teeth and trap their toxins, reproducing a disease in a rabbit by implanting the extracted root-filled teeth and injecting the cultured material into the animal.

Dr. Price discovered a wide variety of degenerative diseases to be transferable to rabbits.This involved diseases or conditions such as endocarditis and other heart diseases, kidney and bladder diseases, arthritis, rheumatism, mental diseases, lung problems, stomach ulcers, ovarian diseases, phlebitis, osteomyelitis, and pregnancy complications. Those infections proved so devastating that most animals died with 3-12 days.

When these same teeth were sterilized with steam heat and embedded in animals, no adverse health effects were experienced. Furthermore, a large percentage of people recovered from their illnesses after extraction of the root canal filled teeth used in the experiments. When sound, uninfected natural teeth were implanted in animals, no adverse health effects were experienced.

This vitally important research was forced underground, and has remained virtually unknown since its 1923 publication. Although root canal therapy is usually successful in eliminating pain and swelling associated with dead teeth, and in allowing those dead teeth to remain in the mouth to function, the side effects can be hazardous to overall health. It is estimated that only about 30% of the population has a healthy enough immune system to ward off the side effects.

The problem is that root canal therapy cannot sterilize the inside of the tooth. As a result, the trapped bacteria mutate and migrate to infect the heart, kidneys, eyes, stomach, and countless other body tissues. This theory, called the focal infection theory, states that a person can have an infection someplace and that the bacteria involved can be transferred by way of the bloodstream to another gland or tissue and therein start a whole new infection. Modern experiences also support this theory.

Dr. Issels, a German physician, recommends extraction of root canal teeth as part of his protocol for terminal cancer patients. Over the last 40 years with 16,000 patients, he has observed a 24% total remission rate. Some transplant surgeons require root canal filled teeth be extracted before performing transplant surgery, because of the risk of focal infection to the new organ from the teeth. If a person has chronic health problems, existing root canal filled teeth or dead teeth should be suspected as a possible cause or influence.

Estimates for 1996 ran as high as thirty-five million recipients of root canal therapy; however, most cannot describe the procedure beyond the basics. Root canal or endodontic therapy is performed primarily because of bacterial infection. Frequently pain is the motivating factor. Bacteria infiltrating through the dentin tubules under decay can set up housekeeping in the pulp chamber. This is an ideal environment, being warm, with a constant supply of nutrients, and a waste removal system. Bacteria can wiggle into the dentin tubules (miles-long passageways that traverse the dentin of each tooth) and multiply in accordance with the available oxygen supply.

Since there are varying degrees of oxygen deprivation, each level of oxygen stimulates the bacteria to mutate into a slightly different bacterium; a whole plethora of critters can develop from just one bacterium. Over 150 different bacterial strains have been identified at the apex or within the pulp chamber of dead or dying teeth. All but five are classified as anaerobic, or those that thrive in the absence of oxygen. These bacteria produce toxic waste products. The toxins can either be picked up by the drainage system at the apex of the tooth, or flow down the dentin tubules into the periodontal ligament. At the ligament, they can slip into the fluids around the tooth and flow into the bloodstream. They may also be forced up the ligament space into the mouth when the person bites down or chews. Regardless of which direction the toxins go, they will be introduced to the innermost parts of the body. The root canal treated tooth is a tooth that is typically still being used in normal chewing. While much of the nerve and blood supply has been removed or damaged by the procedure itself, the tooth still has its original attachment to the jawbone. The high pressures generated in chewing can be expected to physically push toxins out of the socket where they can eventually be picked up by the blood circulation.


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Root Canals Contain Toxic Bacterium

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New DNA study confirms decades old research that root canals contain toxic bacterium that may be the “root” cause of many diseases.

Executive Summary:
Root canals have become ubiquitous — almost 60 million are performed each year. “You need a root canal” is now almost as common as hearing you need a filling. And, it is not lost on the dental profession that people do not want to lose their teeth. It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet, just how safe are root canals? And what is the science behind their being a non–toxic alternative to tooth extractions?

These questions are not new, nor are the findings. Indeed, Dr. Weston Price and Mayo’s Clinic of 1910 to 1920 described finding bacterial growth in root canals that could be transferred into animals and create the same diseases the donor human had in from 80 to 100 percent of the animals. Heart disease, in particular, could be transferred 100 percent of the time. His research has since been suppressed by the various Dental Associations in the United States.

The Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF), using state of the art DNA testing technology, identified multiple pathological bacteria found within root canal teeth, the bone adjacent to the teeth, and even more in extraction sites where healing has not taken place. This non–healing occurs in greater than 99 percent of wisdom tooth extraction sites. Additionally, large defects of non-healing are often found upon surgical exploration into the bone – about the size of the original wisdom tooth. Other sites leave what are called “cavitations” as well.

Dr. Weston Price’s death-bed wish was for someone to pick up his hard earned baton and make this information available to the public. The Toxic Element Research Foundation has done just that, using present days advanced testing techniques to confirm Prices’ research.

The question now becomes: What will patients, government agencies and the dental profession do about it?

TERF, a non-profit research foundation, is dedicated to stimulating interest in the research community as well as informing the public to become aware of potential problems associated with dental materials and procedures. Informed consent of potential problems makes for better informed decisions by the patient especially where health is at risk.

Root Canals
For years, comedians have poked fun at root canals and the pain associated with the procedure. Little did they know that the pain was not short lived. As far back 1908, microbiology researchers from Mayo’s Clinic and from the dental association at the time found that bacteria and their toxins from root canals could enter the blood stream and travel to any point in the body, and generate disease to that tissue or organ. The dental association, concerned about liability issues, insisted that the nerve chamber in the center of the tooth could be effectively sterilized, and that the body would accept a root canal tooth as — not a “dead tooth” as it was previously called — but a “non-vital” tooth – a new and much more acceptable term for a root canal. Incidentally, non– vital means dead.

Incidentally, non–vital means dead

One of the most decorated dental researchers of all times, Dr. Weston Price, was ridiculed by his dental leaders, and, even 60 years after his death, dental leaders still maintain his research is not valid. Why? Fear. For disclosing the truth about the toxicity from root canals would heap tremendous liability upon the dental association as well as individual dentists. It would also ruin a very lucrative practice in dentistry. The association, even today as the American Dental Association (ADA), insists that they have proved Mayo’s and Dr. Price to be wrong. There is no research to support this claim, and none can be produced. Yet dentists are continually threatened with license revocation if they expose the truth about root canals or even suggest they may be dangerous.

Just as they have seen many colleagues lose their licenses for exposing the toxicity of mercury in so–called “silver” fillings, which actually contain 50 percent mercury, dentists fear for loss of their income source if they mention root canals as a source of disease.

Today, there are many diseases termed, “of unknown etiology,” which means, “we have not the first clue where they are coming from.” Many health oriented dentists and physicians are beginning to recognize that these incurable, non–responsive diseases are showing improvements by techniques involving removal of root canal teeth and fortifying the patient’s immune system. Threats, law suits and professional humiliation have been used against dentists who stand up for their patients, and against the ADA.

How big is the problem of root canals? In 1990, the ADA set a goal (quota) of dentists performing 30 million root canals per year in the US by the year 2000. Dentistry accomplished this by 1999. Now the bar has been raised to 60 million root canals per year.

Ask your friends. How many have root canals? How many of those friends are taking medications for some vague disease on a daily basis? Of those people treated for non–responsive diseases, perhaps as many as 90 percent have root canals. Research accumulated by TERF, based on treatment of thousands of people, suggest this is the case.

For example, Dr. Josef Issels of Germany found that in his 40 years of treating “terminal” cancer patients, 97 percent of his cancer patients had root canals. He would not initiate his successful treatments until all root canals had been removed.

TERF believes it is no coincidence that in the US root canals have been found to abound in people with Multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lupus, leukemia, diabetes, arthritis, and a host of other autoimmune diseases. Reversal of these diseases, as shown by improvements in physical conditions as well as positive changes in blood chemistries, occur after the removal of dental toxic challenges (mercury, nickel, aluminum, root canals and cavitations) in conjunction with stimulation to the immune systems of these people.

Thousands of lives are challenged daily by the placement of root canals, and when these patient’s genetic weak links break, they and their families are doomed to financial and health losses that destroy their ability to work, play, raise families and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is believed by TERF that many of these diseases do not have to happen.

The reason is simple. Extremely toxic anaerobic bacteria have been found and identified in and around root canals.

All reasonably informed citizens of the US understand that alcohol and tobacco potentially create health hazards. They have a choice. Citizens are not informed of the multiple disease producing bacteria living in their root canals. TERF is convinced that if people were informed of the hazards created by “anaerobic” bacteria living in the periodontal ligament surrounding these root canal teeth, they could at least make an informed choice about whether or not to risk this potentially life altering procedure.

These anaerobic bacteria have now been identified by DNA analysis of the teeth, blood adjacent to the root canal teeth, and cavitations,” or the bone defects left behind by tooth removal in which the contaminated periodontal ligament is left in place. These patients have been informed by their fear–laden, but trusted dentist, that root canals are perfectly safe. They are told that root canal teeth are “sterile.”

This simply is not true.

A protective barrier is formed around many root canal teeth that allow nutrients from the blood to enter, but prevent access of antibiotics and white blood cells of the immune system to try to heal the areas. As toxins seep out into the blood stream when the owner of the root canal bites down on food, toxins are forced into the blood with access to every location in the body that might have a weak spot. “Sterilizing the tooth” just does not happen. Yes, a column of air in the pulp chamber is cleaned, but the real problem is in the periodontal ligament that surrounds the tooth. That is the incubator in which billions of bacteria can breed.

root canal toxic bacteriumDr. Weston Price — head of research for the dental association for 14 years in the 1920s and 30s, published the results of 1000 extracted teeth in which canal sterilization was done in the dental research laboratory. Researchers in the laboratory used not just the routine sterilizing chemicals, but extremely potent sterilizing agents (more toxic than could possibly be used in the mouth) and in a highly controlled sterile environment. Their microbiology specialists found that 97 percent were cultured to find re–contamination within 48 hours. In other words, they were still there.

Many of the bacteria found were quite pathological. Today’s DNA research has found not only the ones that Dr. Price discovered in the ’20s but many more that have the ability to create disease.

root canal bacteriaWhere did these pathogens (bacteria that can cause disease) come from? They were in the dentin tubules – over three miles of tiny tubes per tooth that constitute the mid section of the tooth called the dentin. This is located right below the enamel, and adjacent to the pulp chamber. Where do these bacteria go in real life? They travel down the tubules to the periodontal ligament which is the attachment between tooth and bone. An area impossible to sterilize, and where neither antibiotics nor white blood cells of the immune system can reach this protected location. Every time a person bites down — as in chewing — some of these bacteria — or worse yet, their toxins, are squirted into the body’s lymphatic drainage system. From here they go to the blood stream. From there — everywhere.

Why should the public be concerned? With millions of root canals out there, and thousands having been told they need one every month, the potential for problems is past epidemic almost to the endemic stage. Again, it must be pointed out, those people are not informed about the hazard they are about to have inflicted on themselves. In most cases, neither is the dentist.

Everyone who receives a root canal has an incubator in those dentinal tubules that is growing anaerobic bacteria that can create whatever disease their genetic weak link would prefer. This is no longer a one microbe, one disease, one drug to cure, world. Multiple bacteria families, joining hands with toxic metals like mercury and nickel, now endeavor to create new diseases unfamiliar a hundred years ago.

It is contended that dentists “sterilize” the dead tooth. And that is true, they do. However, no matter what the pulp chamber is embalmed with (a wax cone called gutta percha is generally placed into the canal), the tooth is still dead. The body does not accept dead structures as safe. In fact, it launches an autoimmune response against the dead tooth. This is the origin of many autoimmune diseases, compounded by the presence of pathological bacteria and their toxins.

What about these anaerobic bacteria? The ones that live in the absence of oxygen? Who are they, and in which patients are they found?

TERF spokesperson, Dr. Huggins states: “Our observations over the past 40 years suggest that the old theory of one microbe — like Strep pneumonia — gives one disease, like pneumonia, that is cured by one drug – penicillin, is being replaced by group warfare. Toxic dental metals are known to alter the integrity of he cell membrane, called cell membrane permeability. Reduction of quality allows weaker bacteria to invade the cells, but once inside the membrane, even a weak bacterium and cause lethal results to the cell.

“Bacterial invasion is not consistent. If we identify the bacteria of several root canals in a person with Multiple sclerosis (MS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) with DNA technology, we do not find the identical bacteria in each dead tooth.

“For instance, in root canals or cavitations in people with MS, a bacterium, Enterobacter was found. It was also found in ALS and Alzheimer patients (AD). Is there a similarity, since they are all neurological diseases? Enterobacter is noted for involvement in endocarditis (inflammation around the heart), bone infections — “can cause disease in virtually any body compartment;” and “cause considerable mortality and morbidity rates. Exposure to one type of Enterobacter can result in neurological disorders. They do not usually cause immediate death.”

TERF believes these types of finding warrant further investigation.

In the study that is the subject of this news release, TERF found that by looking at DNA reports of 43 root canal samples, a total of 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria were found out of a potential of 85 choices. The number of different microbes ranged from 11 to 40 in individual tooth tests. In cavitations, which are unhealed bone defects, primarily where wisdom teeth have been extracted, from 118 samples, 67 different bacteria were identified. Individual tests ranged from 19 to 53 per single sample. Again, out of a potential of 85 tested.

Staphlococcus aureus, usually reserved for hospital outbreaks, are not the most common, being in less that 23 percent of the MS, ALS, and AD samples studied, none the less can be part of the team destruction process. Aureus is noted to kill white blood cells of the immune system. Common denominator? Is it proper to have a reservoir of them with their toxins readily available for distribution each time a person bites down? The way the system operates, biting down on a root canal tooth can squirt toxins out into the system, but antibiotics and white blood cells cannot get in through the combination calcium – blood clot barrier provided by the body’s reaction to certain bacteria.

Looking briefly at the bacteria and their published toxicity for connections to these people, these bacteria became suspect: In Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS)

Evaluating 29 samples:

  • Veillonella parvula 58 percent – pathology associated with heart disease and destruction of the Central Nervous System.
  • Candida albicans – 65 percent – as it changes from yeast to the fungal state, it becomes invasive, causing small holes to occur in the intestinal tract resulting in “leaky gut syndrome”. Also increases porphyrin excretion in urine leading to reduced ATP and heme formation, thus reducing overall energy to cells of the nervous system. Capnocytophaga ochracea – 58 percent – can cause frontal lobe brain abscesses – associated with dental infections and diseases of the Central Nervous System
  • Porphyromas gingivalis – 75 percent– alters the integrity of endothelium of blood vessels. Enhances atherosclerosis.
  • Gemella morbillorum – 68 percent – noted for endovascular infections and meningitis.

Evaluation of 40 Multiple sclerosis samples in which 81 separate microbes were identified, seven are reported here.

Although not defined as a neurologic disease, draining sinuses are common among MS patients with root canals, so Actinomyces was included.

  • Actinomyces naeslundii – 35 percent – associated with draining sinuses (generally clear up within a week of root canals and cavitation treatment)
  • Candida albicans – 62 percent – described in ALS section.
  • Capnocytophaga ochracea – 42 percent– frontal lobe brain abscesses of dental origin – microbe thought to originate in dental decay.
  • Gemella morbillorum – 57 percent– associated with meningitis.
  • Neisseria meningitides – 7 percent– associated with seizures.
  • Escherichia coli – 12 percent- and Staph aureus – seven percent are both capable of increasing porphyrins, which will cause less ATP to be available to neural tissues.
  • Streptococcus intermedius – 27 percent – Cervical spinal cord abscesses – associated with high mortality and neurologic morbidity.

TERF’s spokesperson, Dr. Hal Huggins, has researched toxicity of dental materials for 40 years. His January presentation for the Toxic Element Research Foundation covered the most influential diagnostic chemistries selected from his base of 200,000 data points.

He found that many victims of autoimmune disease showed improvements in blood chemistries discussed in this TERF presentation that clearly indicate recovery from disease is a possibility when the challenging bacteria are removed with proper protection for the patient.

Millions of people stand to regain their lives, and countless more millions will never have to contract the diseases thought to be related to the combination of dental mercury, nickel, aluminum, root canal and cavitation anaerobic bacteria as they combine forces to destroy the immune system.

This ground breaking data will be made available to research health professionals worldwide who are willing to use the data to find positive solutions to today’s health problems.

Additionally, this information begs the questions:

Should the public be informed about the potential real danger of toxins from root canals and cavitations, regardless of the consequences, financial and otherwise, to the ADA and dentists?

Hopefully, the news media and other agencies will take the lead and assist TERF in generating awareness so people can make an informed choice.

About Toxic Elements Research Foundation
TERF, a non-profit research foundation, is dedicated to stimulating interest in the research community as well as informing the public to become aware of potential problems associated with dental materials and procedures. Informed consent of potential problems makes for better informed decisions by the patient – especially where health is at risk.


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Why and How to Say No to an Unnecessary Root Canal Procedure

By Dr. Lina Garcia

One of the fundamental understandings that supports holistic, biological dentistry is that the dental procedures and materials used in them can affect your whole body, not just your teeth.

In the case of a root canal procedure, it can lead to a number of chronic health problems and even degenerative diseases. Unfortunately, it is very rare for someone in need of dental care to be aware of this.

Although you may be surprised to read this view of root canals, any time the procedure is done there is a real possibility it can endanger your overall health because of the infection and toxicity that can develop in your tooth after the root canal is performed.

The connection between a root canal treated tooth and disease in another area of your body is one the majority of health-care practitioners and their patients are simply unaware of.

The lack of awareness of this connection is puzzling when you consider that in conventional dentistry medicine there is an appreciation of research that has identified a connection between periodontal disease and other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and difficulties during pregnancy.

Periodontal disease is the general label used to describe chronic infection and/or inflammation of the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology actively seeks to educate the public about research that supports what perceptive dentists inevitably recognize: “Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body.”

Periodontal Disease: A Risk Factor for a Root Canal

Periodontal disease has been identified as a potential risk factor for many systemic diseases. However, it is not well appreciated that microbes surrounding a periodontally involved tooth can invade it from the apex and damage or kill it.

When this happens, a conventional dentist will recommend a root canal procedure. Tragically, most conventional dental and medical establishments inexplicably disregard the connection between oral microbes associated with root canals and systemic disease.

So, every year, millions of Americans undergo at least one root canal procedure with no awareness of the risk involved to their overall health. The root canal procedure is typically done instead of extracting the diseased, dying, or sometimes already dead tooth.

Root canals have been, and continue to be, a conventional, or “standard of care,” procedure done by a dentist or an endodontist. (An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in doing a root canal procedure, which is also called endodontic therapy.)

The root canal procedure is endorsed by the dental establishment as the preferred alternative to extraction. It is a big part of the business of dentistry. Give people what they want — and who wants to lose a tooth? So conventional dentistry offers a procedure that allows patients to keep a problem tooth while conveying confidence there are no risks involved.

But, unfortunately, there are risks. And what all too many dental practitioners don’t realize is that a root canal treated tooth can be a direct cause of numerous degenerative diseases.

Many Diseases Can Be Related to Root-Canal-Treated Teeth

If you have at least one root canal treated tooth, acting upon the understanding that it can be damaging to your health may help you realize freedom from one of the diseases or ailments listed in the table below.

Arthritis Appendicitis Endocarditis and myocarditis (heart inflammation) Kidney, liver, and gallbladder problems
Meningitis Anemia Hardening of the arteries Nervous system breakdowns
Pneumonia Heart lesions Eye infections Cancer

Many people suffer from diseases or ailments that modern medicine says are of unknown cause. Well, the reality is that root canals are a seriously overlooked cause of many diseases.

More and more holistic-minded dentists, physicians and other practitioners are beginning to realize that many previously “incurable” diseases and ailments, which have no conventionally recognized cause, can sometimes be radically improved or completely resolved by extracting a root-canal tooth (or teeth) and properly cleaning out the tooth socket(s).

A Root Canal Will Leave Dead Tissue in Your Body

On the surface, having a root canal procedure instead of extracting a tooth is very appealing. A tooth is obviously an important part of your body that you want to keep if at all possible. But it’s more important for you to see your health in a holistic way, so you can avoid losing much more than your tooth It’s silly for us to think of ourselves as a collection of body parts that function independently of each other.

Seeing your health in a holistic way leads to understanding that each and every, part of your body can have an influence on the whole. In cases of intense pain, it may be thought of as a “mercy killing,” but having a root canal can definitely be an effective way to eliminate the pain — kill the tooth and you kill the pain.

The pain is gone because the nerves are gone. However, a much more accurate, no-nonsense way of describing the end result of a root canal is this: It doesn’t “save” the life of the tooth, but it does keep enough of the tooth’s structure intact so that the crowned chewing surface will be functional, and you keep the aesthetic value of the tooth.

So there you are — you are now left with a functional but dead tooth in your mouth that looks good when you smile. But think about this for a moment. Doesn’t it seem unhealthy, and even strange, to leave a dead tooth in your mouth? If any another organ in your body, like your appendix, were dead, it would have to be removed or else very aggressive strains of microbes that nature uses to decompose dead tissue would set in and threaten your life! And something similar happens with a dead tooth, whether it is killed from infection, trauma or the root-canal procedure.

After a root canal is done, the dead tooth, not sometimes, but always becomes an environment conducive to harboring chronic infection and toxicity. Because there is no reliable way, practically speaking, to completely sterilize a root canal treated tooth, (while it is still in a patient’s mouth), it will be a source of infection for the whole body until it is extracted and the tooth socket is cleaned.

How to Avoid the Root Canal Procedure That You Might Not Even Need

One of my biggest challenges as a Biological Dentist is when a patient cries with regret for agreeing to have a root canal procedure done to a tooth or teeth – a procedure they neither needed nor understood from the perspective of whole body health. Like any part of the body, a tooth can be inflamed, painful, or simply sensitive. If you go to a dentist they will quite often advise you to have a root canal.

But not so fast! Let’s learn and make a wise decision. The table below lists several reasons a tooth can be sensitive or painful but please understand that it there is not enough space in this article to more fully elaborate. The best way to evaluate your specific pain would be with a qualified dental professional.

Clenching or grinding Stress Poor hygiene Referred pain from your heart
Referred muscle pain from temporalis or masseter muscles Lack of sleep Trigeminal neuralgia Sinus headaches
Sugars or processed foods, even fruits Ill-fitting restorations Neuropathic pain Tumors or aneurisms
Hormone changes including perimenopause, menstrual cycles, and changes in testosterone levels Fractures Referral headaches from migraines or cluster headaches that change the blood vessels and nerves of the head Salivary dysfunction


Every single tooth is a little organ, and the same blood and lymphatic fluid that flows to and through your heart and all the other organs and systems in your body also flows to and through your teeth. Additionally, there is a complex system of nerves that connect your teeth to your brain, and every tooth is connected to one of the channels of life-force energy most commonly known as the acupuncture meridians. So, when you see the whole picture, you understand that your teeth are affected by what is going on throughout your body, and, of course, your entire body is affected by what is going on in your teeth.

Unfortunately, we usually do not learn about the oral/systemic health connection and the hidden risks of conventional dental practices until after we have developed at least one chronic health problem conventional practitioners do not know how to resolve. I understand it can be hard to believe that established dental practices that have been around for many decades can be obstacles to your good health because it was a challenge for me as well. All biological dental professionals were once traditionally trained. The move away from that training to encompass a wider view is never easy, but vital to our integrity.

Be Your Own Advocate and Become Educated

Changing things for the better begins with questioning the status quo. It ultimately requires that you make better-informed choices so you do not wind up supporting the dysfunctional aspects of the conventional dental and medical establishments. Every time you accept and pay for a treatment, you are in essence saying, “I support this.” So please, before paying for a root canal procedure, or for that matter, any other procedure, make sure the problem is not somewhere else and that the pain in your tooth will not subside if you properly address that issue.

The surest path to good health is to become educated (at least in a general way) about the different approaches to dentistry and medicine that are available to you before you actually have to make a choice for you or your children. With this in mind, I encourage you to seek out and create your own network of practitioners — family physician, dentist, and nutritionist, for starters — who have a holistic understanding of health and appreciate the value of working together as a team to meet the health-care needs of you and your children. While finding and creating your own network of holistic practitioners will take some time, it will be time well spent.

My years of practice have taught me that the best way to prevent disease is to build your health. We all have a self-healing potential, which I refer to as “the Health.” I’m devoted to helping people learn how dental practices can either improve or damage their health. I want to help you make well-informed choices that support your health in body, mind and spirit. You certainly do have choices to make, especially avoiding unnecessary root canal procedures.

The holistic physician Dr. Thomas Rau, in his comprehensive book, Biological Medicine, says: “The disruptive fields which occur most frequently in the body, causing remote illnesses in other organs, are the teeth. So long as these disruptive factors are not eliminated, the physician will remain unsuccessful in many cases of chronic disease.” Ultimately, the tragic consequence of not acknowledging the connection between our teeth, dental treatments, and our overall health is no attention is given to the real cause of — and curative treatment for — many chronic health problems.

Powerful Strategies to Consider Before a Root Canal

When you have pain in your leg, arm, stomach, eyes, or any body part, hopefully you are not advised to kill the nerves of the area to shut off the pain. While this is obvious for these body parts, this advice is not obvious, and certainly not routine in your mouth. Most conventional practitioners have accepted the idea of killing a tooth even though it causes a poisonous environment that harbors pathologic bugs and disease. If a tooth is sensitive or hurting, the following are some of my recommendations before agreeing and paying for a root canal procedure:

Ozone therapy Proper oral hygiene Stress management
Nutrition Oil pulling Local support for the tooth such as adjusting an ill-fitting restoration, a splint or mouth guard, decay and more
Digest enzymes Proper sleep Traditional osteopathic treatment and support


All of the above can buy time for your immune system to recover allowing your tooth to heal. In trying to support and encourage my patients’ own healing capabilities, and based on my studies, I will tell you that, without a doubt, what you are eating and drinking every day has a huge influence on the health of your teeth and gums. Even more, it is essential for us to appreciate that good nutrition contributes to the structure and function of every cell in our bodies.

I want to do all I can to make sure my patients and readers of this article understand the importance of developing the right nutrition habits in order to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Nutrition can also support you while your tooth is healing from a metabolic, physical, or emotional injury. In that respect, I firmly agree with Dr. Mercola’s nutrition plan. If you haven’t had a chance to review it, please do as it is completely free and over 100 pages. It is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections so you can easily customize it for yourself

There is absolutely no question that making a commitment to self-care practices to help to prevent tooth decay in the first place is an example of wisdom in action. Except for a tooth injured by some type of physical trauma, a tooth that has had a root canal procedure, also had some degree of decay.

Prevention Is the BEST Option for Avoiding Root Canals

To prevent the need for root canal treatments, you must eliminate tooth decay through proper oral hygiene and good nutrition. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings are preventative measures that help to remove the sticky plaque and calcified deposits that form on the surface of teeth and helps to minimize the impact of many individuals’ nutritionally poor and sugar rich diets. I have learned, and so I teach, that faithfully practicing good nutritional habits is, without a doubt, the most important preventative measure, because tooth decay is a consequence of systemic metabolic disturbance.

As Dr. Weston Price wrote in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, “…when teeth are decaying, other things are going wrong in the body”! To achieve optimal oral and total body health, your teeth and the rest of your body needs you to choose high-quality foods that are in harmony with your metabolism. It is also absolutely essential to eliminate all sources of refined and processed sugar, white flour products, soft drinks, and all other “junk” foods and beverages. The wisdom is actually very simple: give your body what it needs and avoid hurting yourself with what you are eating and drinking!

A wise but simple oral hygiene practice that can be very supportive in helping you to have healthy teeth and gums, is the practice of “oil pulling.” This wonderful practice not only has preventive value, but also therapeutic value for teeth and gums. Choosing to keep a dead tooth in your mouth can put you at increased risk of a variety of health problems. So, if a dentist recommends a root canal procedure to “save” your tooth from being pulled, remember to ask yourself, “How will I be affected if I have a dead, chronically infected tooth in my mouth?” Or “Do I really need this root canal?” Perhaps the tooth can heal without the unnecessary root canal procedure.

When I graduated from dental school, I took an oath that to this day encourages me. The oath said in part: “I will strive to advance my profession by seeking new knowledge and by re-examining the ideas and practices of the past.” I hope that oath guides you, as well as me, on this journey toward making choices that will support your health. I hope it will encourage you, your family and the community to help forge a new dental and medical “Paradigm.”

Resources to Help You Find a Biological Dentist

If you are seriously considering any of the dental procedures discussed above it is best to have them performed by a biologic dentist. The following organizations can help you to find a mercury-free, biological dentist that would best serve your needs:


About the Author:

Dr. Lina Garcia is a Doctor of Medical Dentistry as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She has been dedicated to the research and teaching of alternative solutions for conventional dentistry. Dr. Garcia has published several articles and is soon releasing her first book, “Take Care of Your Teeth and Build Your Health.” She has trained around the world and is excited to be able to offer holistic services at her practice. She sees patients from all over the United States and worldwide, in her South Barrington, IL office.


Safer and Healthier Alternatives to Root Canals and Other Common,

Yet Harmful, Tooth Restoration Techniques

By Carol Vander Stoep, RDH, BSDH, OMT

Viper venom is an efficient killer. Its swirls of toxic proteins multitask. Some paralyze the nervous system of the victim by blocking nerve-to-muscle messages. Others can misdirect messenger hormones, dissolve tissues, or make blood so sticky the resulting clots stop the heart, or thin it to the point that the victim quickly bleeds out.

Just as surely, dead or dying human teeth can harbor similarly lethal agents working on at least as many levels throughout your body. The sophisticated multi-level attack of oral microbes, their metabolic waste products, and their interaction with dental materials can similarly give rise to an immune system crash, which can manifest in a multitude of disguises. Is a root canal procedure a gamble you really want to take?

Economics versus Health: There Is Always a Price

The complexity of interactions and time delay before oral toxins express noticeable symptoms, compared to fast-acting snake venom, work well for the institution of dentistry and dental insurance companies, but it does not bode well for you.

Institutions are by nature invested in the status quo. The insurance industry’s business model is no different from most other business models – it values their bottom line over your health. We are left on our own to tease out root causes of disease.

It is only after the scare of cancer, the exhaustion of chronic fatigue, a nervous system derailment causing Parkinson’s tremors, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or Bell’s Palsy, or even autoimmune issues such as Lupus or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), that some people make the difficult decision to consider a “dental revision” to help their body recover.

A dental revision is no less than removing all possible toxic stressors of oral origin – dead teeth, dead jawbone, heavy metals like mercury, nickel, and chromium, gum disease therapy, and often, removing meridian blockers like implants.

A dental revision may seem like a drastic and expensive step, but what is the cost of poor health to which these contribute? You can escape to clean mountain air or the ocean’s cleansing waves, but you can never escape your internal environment.

The two lab reports in this file1 are but two examples of DNA sequenced microbial profiles found in the jawbone socket of an extracted root canal treated tooth, and in cavitations. The root canal treated tooth showed no clinical or physical signs of failing. These interesting lab reports also connect the pathogens with their waste products’ target tissues.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an embalming procedure dentists perform on a tooth. Root canals are designed to keep a dead tooth mechanically functioning in a live body.

Teeth die as a result of trauma (including sometimes, the trauma of a high speed drill creating too much heat or sucking the organic material from the microscopic tubules that assist in keeping it alive), or from microbial invasion from deep decay or gum disease into the pulp that nourishes each tooth. The following video offers key considerations about root canals.

It is no longer a huge secret that root canals crank out microbial metabolic toxins. Even some root canal specialists (endodontists) are starting to “own” it. For instance, they acknowledge that “condensing osteitis” around a root-canal treated tooth is common.

As the video above mentions, condensing osteitis is a thickening of the bone around a dead tooth as your body tries to wall off the infective toxins seeping from it. On the other hand, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) position statement2 on the matter (2012) states that:

“…the practice of recommending the extraction of endodontically treated teeth for the prevention of NICO [painful jawbone death due to poor blood supply], or any other disease, is unethical and should be reported immediately to the appropriate state board of dentistry.”

And yet, according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice:3

“[A] recent evidence-based review of the outcomes of both treatment modalities noted that if evidence-based principles are applied to the data available for both treatment modalities, few implant or endodontic outcome studies can be classified as being high in the evidence hierarchy.”


Is a Root Canal Right for Your Situation?

Image shows a root canal treated tooth anchoring one side of a bridge, an implant anchoring the other side

No doubt about it, losing a tooth can be emotionally charged. I think it is one reason dentists work so hard to perfect tooth embalming procedures. The decision tree for considering tooth replacement is complex, and the solutions all involve compromise. There are a lot of hop-off places for people to enter into De Nile.

Examine your own health status, priorities and philosophies and go with your best solution. “I have three root canals? What do I do now? Are all root canals toxic? “Probably. Eventually. Yet people have varying abilities to sustain the stress of toxins – and of course that ability varies over time.

Some biological doctors may recommend a root canal if a patient has a strong immune system, great genetics, and superior lifestyle. They suggest if one’s immune system crashes it can always be extracted later. But we are besieged by so many unavoidable immune system challenges in today’s world; I’m personally moving further and further away from the idea of assaulting my immune system with avoidable challenges.

Proper Diagnosis Is Key for Failing Root Canals and Cavitations

Since health effects of root canals and cavitations are similar, and one can arise from the other, I’ll digress to talk about cavitations for a moment. The existence of cavitations, also known as ischemic osteonecrosis (death of bone due to lack of adequate blood supply) when there is no pain present, and NICO when there is pain, seems to equate to a religious belief. Do cavitations exist or don’t they?

The preferred answer might depend on if you have skin in the game. Root canal specialists, state dental boards, and insurance companies cast aspersions on their existence, and (as noted above) even threaten to take away a dentist’s credentials should they acknowledge cavitations and recommend surgically treating the dead bone or extracting a root canal treated tooth to prevent them. Like the huge disservice of the domestic cooking oil manufacturers’ vilification of tropical fats decades ago, the stance of these special interests may equally hurt public health.

Part of the problem is that diagnosis is difficult. Typical dental x-rays can no more accurately diagnose cavitations than they can accurately diagnose subtle root canal pathology. They show only the most obvious cavitations. CT scans are excellent if all metals are absent from the mouth, but they are expensive and come with the added price tag of high radiation exposure.

There is no definitive way to judge how infected a root canal treated tooth or cavitation is, but a traditional camera-imaged thermogram, which many also use to detect early stage breast cancer, can offer some guidance. Thermographic images display infrared heat emissions, with each color gradation indicating different heat emissions. High-heat emissions are suggestive of inflammation, which may indicate root canal toxicity or a cavitation—even if you’re asymptomatic. You can read more about the use of thermography on’s website.4

Regulation Thermometry

A new type of system, the AlfaSight™ 9000, offers a more comprehensive and precise thermograph than the more widely known digital-imaging camera thermography mentioned above. This more objective thermometry system delivers a functional physiologic assessment of your body’s bio-regulation system and offers insights into underlying dysfunction that both precedes and provokes developing disease processes.

Infrared measurements of skin temperature at over 100 points on your body including your head, torso, and back, taken both before and after exposure to a cool ambient room temperature assess how your body regulates temperature stress via the autonomic nervous system. Connected organs, glands, and other tissues influence the capillary blood vessel bed beneath each skin point location. Changes indicate either clear or blocked channels.

Scientific evidence shows that internal physiological abnormalities and dysfunction affect skin surface temperatures and that, therefore, skin temperatures and behavioral responses can reveal information about associated organ function. Medical clinics worldwide have studied, correlated, and validated over 40 temperature patterns that define regulation incapacities, called signature recognitions. Alfa Thermodiagnostics’ AlfaSight™ 9000 captures these signature patterns and provides a vivid integrative, computerized summary report5 that illustrates a system-wide overview and detailed dental, breast, and prostate evaluations.

Other Diagnostic Tools

    • Cavitat. Just as seismologists use acoustic energy to look for oil and obstetricians image fetuses with ultrasound, some dentists use a Cavitat to explore 3D images of cavitations in jawbone. As with first generation Thermography, it requires a skilled clinician and there is room for error. In the process of gaining FDA approval, tests using the Cavitat showed that 94 percent of old extraction sites were positive for bone lesions. Perhaps not surprisingly, Aetna Insurance discredited cavitations and the Cavitat. As Dr. Wes Shankland states in an open letter:

“Aetna Insurance Company contacted other insurance companies and reported that jaw bone cavitations did not exist. Aetna Insurance Company also informed others that the Cavitat was inaccurate and those who used this device were ‘quacks.'”

Such negative and inaccurate publicity literally ruined Cavitat sales. With no other recourse, Cavitat Medical Technologies made a decision to file a federal lawsuit, in Denver, against Aetna Insurance Company. Aetna lost and was ordered to pay a serious judgment, but the damage was done.

    • EAV (Electro Acupuncture according to Voll). An EKG measures electrical flow through your heart. Expressed as a graph, it pinpoints heart damage, since current does not flow through dead tissues. EAV works the same way. The EAV test uses an ohmmeter to measure energy flow along meridians at acupuncture points. If you understand meridians and you’ve signed on to “Healing is Voltage,” “The Body Electric” and understand the science behind “Earthing”, you know low-functioning organs are low in negative ions.

This state hinders electron flow along your body’s energy meridians. Dr. WA Tiller, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science at Stanford University, set out to discredit the EAV, but became an advocate as his research verified organ degeneration correlated with low conductance. In fact, it was Dr. Tiller who mapped the Meridian Tooth Chart,6 which correlates each tooth with its associated organs, glands, and anatomical structures on the same meridian. Infected or diseased teeth, as well as dental implants, block electrical conductivity on meridians and so can alter the health of other organs located on the same meridian and vice versa.

[See the Acupuncture Meridian Tooth Chart]

The Dark Side of Implants

Perhaps you have decided you must extract your root canal treated teeth to maintain or regain health—against the clear position stated by the American Association of Endodontists above. You chose a biological dentist who can help you avoid cavitations, and boosted your immune system. How should you replace the space? Interestingly, the more complex and biologically incompatible the option, the more costly it is. Costs vary widely, as do longevity estimates.

Implants are essentially an artificial root screwed into your jawbone, topped with an artificial tooth or used as an anchor for a bridge or partial denture. Implants are displacing root canals because they look, feel, and function very much like a natural tooth, and do not interfere with normal oral activities.

They help maintain bone that normally dissolves over time after a tooth is extracted. They can last a long time, and do not require grinding down adjacent teeth, as a fixed bridge would require. But you have to remember success is not measured only by tooth function, but function within your body as a whole.

Here are a few important aspects of dental implants you must seriously consider before making the decision to go forward with this major investment. Dead tissues do not conduct energy, implants therefore, whether titanium or zirconium, slow energy flow along meridians. Your body must constantly compensate for this. As with root canals, your associated organs, glands, or anatomical structures may functionally decline.

Most people with a dental implant have other metallic dental repairs present, which only exacerbates energetic chaos. In fact, the implant screw and replacement tooth are usually different metals. These two dissimilar metals within an electrolyte (saliva) effectively turn your mouth into a battery. Additionally, if you still have gold, mercury, copper, tin, silver filings, or nickel-based crowns in your mouth, these will also contribute to the galvanic currents being generated.

What You Need to Know About Titanium Implants

Most implants used today are made of titanium. So when your mouth is functioning as a battery due to the dissimilar metals present, there are resulting chaotic galvanic currents that continuously drive ions from the titanium or its alloys, which include small amounts of vanadium or aluminum. These metallic ions are then transported around your body, around the clock, where they bind to proteins and can wreak havoc with your health. Some people are more susceptible to the resulting inflammatory, allergy, and autoimmune problems than others. There is a blood test7 to help determine this sensitivity.

Though you’re exposed to fluoride through many avenues, tap drinking water and dental products remain your most significant sources. If you drink tap water or use fluoridated toothpaste, it is important to know that fluoride accelerates titanium corrosion in the extreme (up to 500 microg/(cm2 x d)). Low pH values (acidity in the mouth or a dry mouth) accelerate this effect profoundly.8Of course, corrosion of the other metals also accelerates ion release.

Previous research9 has documented that:

The amounts of tin released by the enhanced corrosion of amalgam [in the presence of titanium] might contribute measurably to the daily intake of this element; the corrosion current generated reached values known to cause taste sensations. If the buffer systems of adjacent tissues… are not able to cope with the high pH generated around the titanium, local tissue damage may ensue; this relationship is liable to be overlooked, as it leaves no evidence in the form of corrosion products.”

While most people do not notice galvanic currents, others experience unexplained nerve shocks, ulcerations, a salty or metallic taste or a burning sensation in their mouth. Noticeable or not, oral galvanic currents are commonly as high as 100 micro-amps, yet your brain operates on 7 to 9 nano-amps—a current more than 1,000 times weaker. Given your brain’s proximity to your mouth, biological dentists are concerned the constant high and chaotic electrical activity may misdirect brain impulses. These currents can contribute to insomnia, brain fog, ear-ringing, epilepsy, and dizziness.

The possibility that titanium implants may act as antennas that direct microwaves from your cell phone and cellular transmission towers into your body also deserves study. As Dr. Douglas Swartzendruber, a professor at the University of Colorado has said:“Anything implanted in bone will create an autoimmune response. The only difference is the length of time it takes.”

Titanium implants are certainly known to suppress important immune cells such as your T-cells, white blood cells critical to immune system function, and create oxidative stress as measured by rH2 values (a measurement of oxidation-reduction potential under a specific pH). Diseases associated with implants are not all that different from those associated with root canals, and include a number of different autoimmune and neurological disorders, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia

Other complications of implanted titanium include occasional facial eczema as your skin tries to detoxify the titanium ions. Dental implants also have no fibrous “seal” to prevent microbial invasion. If you make the decision to get a dental implant, it’s wise to use floss impregnated with ozonated oil around the neck of each implant daily.

Alternatives to Titanium Implants

Zirconium implants are a newer innovation in dentistry and many biological dentists now use them. These implants bypass some of the problems of titanium mentioned above. They still block energy flow, but at least they are electrically neutral, eliminating the potential to interfere with your brain impulses. The implant itself also does not contribute to electrical galvanic currents being generated in your mouth. But you still need to be careful as the artificial tooth that is ultimately screwed onto the zirconium implant may have a metal base. Zirconium implants also release ions, but at a much slower rate than titanium implants.

These implants seem to last quite a long time. One systematic review showed that over the 10-30 year period studied, there was only a 1.3 percent to five percent loss of implanted teeth in clinically well-maintained mouths. For those with less optimal maintenance, it was more like a 14-20 percent loss of implanted teeth over that time. Don’t even think about smoking though! Endodontic literature has a very different slant on the benefits of implants, of course.

Traditional Bridges Can Be Costly and Relatively Impermanent

First off, bridges don’t last all that long. The average bridge lasts eight years, with a range of five to 15 years. For this reason, “permanent bridges” are no longer considered “permanent.” A traditional bridge is comprised of several units – the artificial teeth and the abutments. Abutments are the crowns (caps) made to cover the anchor teeth. The bridge is permanently bonded in place to span a gap that replaces at least one missing tooth. Broken down or completely intact, the abutment teeth to each side of the gap are aggressively cut away to accept the covering crown.

Or should I say smothering crown? In my video above, I used an analogy of a healthy tooth being like a fountain. A crown stifles the natural nutritive, cleansing, hydrating flow of lymph. It can no longer “breathe.” Why do this to two good teeth that need no dental work for the sake of one (or two) missing teeth? Some biological doctors think these should be removed periodically so the underlying teeth can be cleaned up.

If one of the supporting crowned teeth breaks or develops decay or nerve damage, the bridge and its three or more crowns must be removed and replaced. As a hygienist, I can tell you that most people are terrible about cleaning around the abutment teeth and under the artificial tooth. Margins are very susceptible to decay. Again, I advise my clients to use ozonated oil around all crown margins as an extra degree of caution. Good personal care is one key to longevity. And once again, avoid smoking!

I am no fan of crowns as I explained in a previous interview with Dr. Mercola. The more a tooth is destroyed during restoration, the less able it is to withstand chewing forces. Also, forces which once could transfer through the organic, flexible bulk of the tooth to the root now must travel along the outside of a stiff crown to concentrate at the gum margin – hardly a recipe for longevity of either the underlying tooth or the crown itself.

Biomimetic Considerations to Take into Account

Biomimetic means mimicking nature. In choosing dental materials, a dentist must weigh the ability of the body’s immune system to ignore dental materials after recognition, called biocompatibility, with the beauty and function patients demand. They must find materials that match the flexibility of teeth so they can absorb daily chewing and clenching stresses. Materials should expand and contract at the same rate as teeth do when exposed to oral temperature fluctuations and they must resist wear and fracture.

Porcelain crowns are about four times harder than natural teeth and accelerate wear on opposing teeth. They fracture far more easily than zirconia based ceramic crowns, which are biocompatible, beautiful, and strong. These benefits come at the cost of stiffness. Zirconia based ceramic crowns are poor shock absorbers, which can be hard on your jaw joint and the bones that anchor your teeth. A new material, poly-ceramic DiamondCrown, comes closer to meeting all these requirements, and is biocompatible for about 80 percent of people tested. More biocompatible and biomimetic dental materials will emerge as these principals are more widely recognized.

Other Points to Consider

Your cranial (head) bones rhythmically move. Their gentle movements are thought to help drain your sinuses, aid nasal breathing, and influence your nervous system via movement of cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that bathes your brain and nerves in your spinal cord.

This rhythmic pumping of cranial bones is particularly important at night because it helps the glymphatic system flush waste products from your brain that have built up during the day. Think of the glymphatic system as your brain’s garbage truck; glial cells create high pressure channels for cerebrospinal fluid that dilate and flow during sleep as blood pumps through arteries and as cranial bones “breathe.” They close during wakefulness. When movement is restricted, migraines or a build-up of the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimers can occur. The glymphatic system may be one of the most important reasons you sleep.

TMJ (jaw joint) specialists, osteopaths and craniosacral therapists recognize the need to maintain cranial bone motion. These clinicians suggest that no fixed dentistry, whether “permanent” bridgework or metal partial, should cross the midline of the upper or lower jaw.

If you choose to have a permanent bridge, avoid porcelain fused to metal, since these metals contain nickel. Some dentists will assure you that they would never use a nickel-based metal; they use stainless steel! But stainless steel contains at least 10 percent chromium, vanadium, and nickel and/or manganese. I recommend going metal-free!

Fixed bridges were once considered premium care, since they, like implants, look, feel and function much like permanent teeth. In my experience, both require about the same amount of extra personal and clinical care. Incidentally, dentists will occasionally recommend a cantilever bridge, anchoring a false tooth to just one neighbor instead of two. These are less costly, but can certainly torque the anchor tooth, which it cannot always withstand.

Resin Bonded Bridge—A Less Costly Alternative, But Just as Impermanent

Resin bonded bridges (Maryland bridges) are a minimally invasive option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. They are generally only considered for anterior tooth replacement. Design, materials, skill, and patient selection largely dictate longevity and satisfaction. Fortunately, design and materials have significantly evolved. Unlike traditional bridges, resin bonded bridges require much less reduction of supporting teeth. Instead, the dentist slightly reduces the backs of the neighboring teeth onto which “wings” attached to the artificial tooth are bonded.

Materials can be all resin, porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal, or zirconium. Most doctors still fabricate these bridges with a wing to either side of the artificial tooth, though the literature seems to suggest it is better to just have one – to cantilever the missing tooth off one supporting tooth. Interestingly, this is because it is recognized that cranial bones and teeth move and that the anchoring teeth do not move equally. This puts stress on the bonds, which can lead to failure. Also, since it is unlikely that both bonds would break at the same time, the debonding often goes unnoticed, allowing decay to set in under the debonded wing.

Resin bonded bridges are a good option for adolescents with missing teeth, when the bridge is well designed. Most replacement options cannot be considered until you have finished maturing physically. These bridges help maintain space and are fairly easy to care for.

If you have teeth that have loosened due to gum disease, some would add another advantage of resin bonded bridges – they help splint loosened teeth together. This is true, but unless your gums are disease-free and cleaned on a daily basis at home, it might be time to remove them because in this case, it might be extremely difficult to self-cleanse daily at home. We are not just looking at longevity of the teeth, but longevity of the host.

The downside of resin bonded bridges is that they’re somewhat fragile. If made with metals, the usual caveats apply: mixed metals lead to galvanic currents and a panoply of problems already addressed. Again, 100 percent zirconium would avoid this. Remember, biological dentists try to be metal free and avoid metal-based crowns and bridges. It isn’t just the galvanic currents these set up, but the release of nickel/chromium/manganese/vanadium ions. A better restoration option might be the Carlson Bridge – a resin bonded bridge that requires no drilling into adjacent teeth. Placed in one appointment, these economical, prefabricated, “winged” replacement teeth can last many years. An advantage is that the bond to adjacent teeth is less rigid, so cranial bones can shift as they should.

Partials—Your Least Expensive Option

Going back in time, removable partials were all dentistry offered to replace missing teeth. Our current culture values looking young, so partials – associated with our grandparents – are a difficult aesthetic choice. They may however be the choice that offers the best chance for aging well. Partials are designed based on how many teeth need replacing. Metal frameworks were once the norm, but the future lies in non-metal dental repairs. New materials:

  • Are less obvious
  • Avoid the adverse properties of metal restorations already discussed
  • Are able to distribute chewing forces over a greater area compared to metal framework partials, and are therefore more comfortable
  • Relines are less frequent
  • According to the Clifford Biocompatibility Test, Flexite and Valplast (light, flexible, yet strong nylon resins) are biocompatible for 99 percent of the population. Lucitone FRS is a very similar biocompatible nylon resin. None of these use a heavy metal (cadmium) as a pink colorant as some other dental materials do. Many patients choose a clear framework to avoid any possible reaction to the colorant. Nylon materials can draw in water and with it, odors and stain, though good hygiene can mitigate this problem.
  • VisiClear is another nylon-free biocompatible partial material.

The intentional exposed palate design in this partial means the wearer can continue good oral posture,

which means properly keep the tongue in contact with the palate.

For best aesthetics, biocompatibility, and biomimetic function, choose DiamondCrown or zirconia teeth in your partial rather than the default acrylic teeth most often used. If you must add another tooth to any of the above partials, that is possible, too. The lab simply reuses the artificial teeth, the most valuable component, and remakes the framework with the new tooth!

Biocomp Labs10 and the Clifford Consulting and Research Lab11 offer individualized dental materials testing, recommended especially for those with multiple chemical sensitivities or anyone who needs dental work and feels their health could be challenged by the wide range of dental materials available.

Most patients tell me they consider these newer partials to be comfortable and aesthetically unnoticeable, though they are annoyed that foods tend to trap under them. People with spider partials tell me they often take them out to eat, but wear them the rest of the time to maintain the space until dentistry offers them more biocompatible “fixed” choices.

At least one reader will likely comment that if only people adopted a certain lifestyle, these kinds of advanced dentistry would be unnecessary. I couldn’t agree more.

The reality is that most people’s mouths are in deplorable shape. I try not to spend much time thinking about the rescue dentistry presented here. Most of my advocacy work centers around changing how we approach dentistry so your children or their children can avoid these compromising options.

Ultimately, the answers to better oral and general health start in infancy and include a radically different model of dentistry and definition of health. The answers are out there now (see Mouth Matters book and website12) along with a few clinicians who are well versed in these strategies. Seek them out, and if you can’t find someone who does the kind of dentistry you want in your area, be ready to ask them to learn it.

Resources to Help You Find a Biological Dentist

If you are seriously considering any of the dental procedures done above, it is best to have them performed by a biological dentist. The following organizations can help you to find a mercury-free, biological dentist that would best serve your needs:

About the Author

Carol Vander Stoep, RDH, BSDH, OMT, is an advocate for change in dentistry. She believes mid-level providers – dental hygienists with expanded training – must be empowered to go beyond their serious limitations in the United States. Training a core of motivated hygienists at a clinic in Belize, her intent is to help bring an advanced model of Minimally Invasive Preventive Dentistry and posture-guided early facial development to India and China based on the model of “Barefoot Doctors.” A clinical hygienist, orofacial myofunctional therapist, lecturer, and writer, she brought many of these concepts together in her book “Mouth Matters: How Your Mouth Ages Your Body and What YOU Can do About It.”



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