Spotlight on Holistic Dentistry: Root Canals Increase Your Risk of Chronic Illness

root canal systemic illnessYou probably know at least one person who has a horror story about a root canal. And you have probably heard about “modern” root canal treatments that are safer and better than ever. What you really need to know, however, is that root canals are dangerous in multiple ways, not only for your oral health but for your overall well-being.

The Dangerous Root Canal Process

While a root canal treatment is promoted as “saving” a tooth, a root canal, at its essence, creates a dead tooth, then leaves it in your mouth to wreak havoc on your whole system. Root canals increase a person’s risk of developing chronic, systemic illnesses. Even if it’s capped by a porcelain tooth crown and made to look new again, the tooth is still lifeless. There is no longer any living tissue within the pulp of your tooth – a root canal involves scraping out the tissue and leaves only the dentin and tooth enamel behind.

Many dentists will recommend a root canal when a tooth is deeply decayed, but it’s not just the tooth itself that needs to be hollowed out, it’s the dentinal tubules within the roots of your tooth. The fluid that usually flows through these microscopic tubules helps your teeth resist decay, and a dentist will attempt to sterilize these tubules so that food and bacteria are unable to enter them. But it’s nearly impossible to thoroughly tend to these tubules. Whatever bacteria is missed is locked inside the tubules once a crown is placed on the tooth, and the bacteria is given a dark, moist space to grow.

While it might seem like a lifeless tooth could hardly be problematic, knowing the anatomy of a tooth and the process of a root canal makes it clear that a dead tooth that is not fully sterilized is a serious problem.

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If You’ve Had a Root Canal

Because the dead tooth is still connected to the blood supply at the root, any new pathogens can enter your bloodstream. This can lead to autoimmune diseases, cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel disease, and musculoskeletal diseases. The complexity of a root canal has the capability of reaching far beyond the bounds of your teeth and gums.

If you have a root canal, you are not automatically destined for a serious illness. Your overall DNA and lifestyle impact your potential for developing chronic diseases too. But a root canal does not help keep you healthy and, for some people, it’s clear when a root canal tooth and an illness are compared, just how closely they are connected. The meridian tooth chart shows what areas of the body are linked to each tooth. Don’t be shocked if that ongoing stomach problem is in line with the tooth on which you had a root canal treatment.

When you have a choice between a root canal and having a tooth pulled, any holistic dentist will recommend the latter and then replacing the pulled tooth with a dental implant or bridge. There are better solutions than a root canal for fixing a decaying tooth – make an appointment with holistic dentist Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence to discuss your health and wellness. 

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