By definition, a root canal tooth is a dead tooth. The procedure involves removing the dentinal pulpal complex – the tooth’s “guts,” so to speak, rich in nerves, blood vessels and delicate connective tissue.
The goal is to disinfect and protect the tooth from further infection, but no one has yet found a way to thoroughly sanitize the miles of microscopic tubules that make up the tissue surrounding the pulp chamber. Ozone may disinfect them temporarily, but within a year, bacteria and other microbes typically return.
Whether pathogens remain in the root canal tooth or return later on, the tooth usually becomes a source of focal infection, a trigger for disease and dysfunction elsewhere in the body. This was powerfully demonstrated by Dr. Weston Price back in the early years of the 20th century, and the presence of specific pathogens in these supposedly sterile teeth has been repeatedly documented by Dr. Boyd Haley, Dr. Hal Huggins and other dental researchers.
Consequently, few veteran biological dentists would ever recommend a root canal. They might present it as an option, outlining the risks and benefits, but they would not make a case for it as the best solution for a deeply diseased tooth. We are all too familiar with research by the likes of cancer specialist Dr. Joseph Issels who found that, “on admission [to his clinic], ninety-eight percent of the adult cancer patients had between two and ten dead teeth, each one a dangerous toxin producing ‘factory.'”
With this in mind, we find the horrors of a recent legal news item speak extra loudly:
A retired dentist in Shoreline, Wash., has been ordered to cough up $35 million for performing unnecessary root canals on dozens of patients, including some who endured several of the painful procedures.
Construction worker Dan O’Neal, who underwent 20 root canals, and occupational therapist Cheryl Grant who got 13 root canals were among more than 200 patients who sued Dr. Henri Duyzend for malpractice.
One state dental board commissioner called the dentist’s actions “obscene.”
We couldn’t agree more.