The true nature and side effects of a root canal procedure have been under heavy debate for the past century. On one side you have scientists protesting its efficacy and on the other, dentists strongly encouraging its use. This debate started a century ago with Dr. Weston A. Price. His work demonstrated a strong correlation between root canal-treated teeth and dangerous conditions such as heart disease, cancer and many other chronic degenerative diseases. He hypothesized that teeth remained infected even after the procedure. Unfortunately, his work was buried for 70 yrs until 1993 when Dr. Meinig published Root Canal Cover-Up. To this day, Dr. Meinig’s publication is the most comprehensive reference on this topic.
Both Price and Meinig’s work were based on the idea that it is not possible to completely sterilize a tooth of all bacteria. That being said, what happens to the remaining bacteria? When a root canal is performed, the dentist will hallow out the infected tooth and fill it with guttapercha which cuts off the tooth from any blood supply effectively nullifying the pain. However, this process also seals off the infected area, protecting any remaining bacteria from antibiotics, leaving it free to travel. This also cuts off the bacteria from any oxygen causing them to mutate into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. The roots of each tooth house anywhere from one to four major canals, and each of these canals have accessory canals or tubules that if stretched out could span for miles. After a root canal procedure, these canals remain intact, becoming perfect pathways for the remaining bacteria to spread. If at any point your immune system is weakened, these bacteria will begin to travel away from the mouth potentially initiating severe illnesses. The strongest correlation that price found with root canalled teeth is the persistence of heart disease. He found that he could, via a root canalled tooth fragment, transfer heart disease from one living organism to the next with a 100% success rate. Other conditions that could manifest include kidney disease, arthritis, neurological disease and autoimmune diseases. Currently, many doctors are researching the connection between root canals and cancer. Dr. Josef Issels reported that, in his 40 year career tending to terminal cancer patients, 97% of them had root canals. In both cases, doctors validate this assumption by identifying the types of bacteria that are housed within the dead tooth. The Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF) used DNA analysis to gauge the amount and identify the types of bacteria in root-canalled teeth. They located 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 samples. Two types of bacteria found were capnocytophagaochracea and fusobacteriumnucleatum. The first has been linked to neurological disease and second to heart disease.
All of this can be looked at with one question in mind. What other medical procedure involves leaving a dead body part intact? The answer is none.