dangers of root canals

Root Cause – The Dangers of Root Canals – The Ultimate Guide

Root Cause - The Dangers of a Root Canal Your Dentist May Not Be Telling You - Dominick Hussey

“There is no branch of medicine where a dead organ is left in, except in dentistry where a root canal is left in. If a guy has a gangrenous toe, you have to cut the toe off because it is bacterially infected and will kill the patient. If you think you can get away with an infected toxic tooth, and not have a systemic consequence, I think you are deluding yourself.”

These are Dr. David Minkoff, MD’s chilling words at the beginning of the documentary Root Cause I recently watched on Netflix.

Root Cause is the story of a man’s 10-year search for the underlying cause of his chronic illness, exposing him to the harmful health effects and risks of the dental root canal procedure.

This article briefly outlines what the different experts on the documentary had to say about root canals and cavitations.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure where a dentist drills into your tooth, extracts the root and fills it with gutta-percha.

What are the adverse health effects of a root canal?

With hindsight, the first sign for the man in the documentary that his root canal was causing him problems was a panic attack. Interestingly, he had a panic attack ten years after the root canal procedure. Quickly, his panic attacks were followed by anxiety and chronic fatigue.

There are many other health consequences of a root canal.

According to Holistic Dentist and author of “Let the tooth be toldDr. Dawn Ewing, Ph.D.,

98% of women who had breast cancer have a root canal on the same side as their offending breast malignancy.

This data comes from the clinical findings of Dr. Thomas Rau, who runs the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland.

According to Dr. David Mikoff,

the most significant toxic influence, in a chronically ill person, is a root canal tooth.

According to Dr. Greg Emerson,

virtually all the people, who come to see him, have a dental cause to their chronic illness.

According to Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, JD, Cardiologist and author of “The Toxic Tooth,”

the vast majority of chronic degenerative diseases begin with problems in the mouth, including infections and toxins. It is only once those are addressed, that you are going to get any positive response to your chronic illness.

Why is a root canal a problem?

A root canal procedure is still a standard procedure in dentistry because, for the simple reason, no one wants to lose a tooth. However, more and more dentists are becoming concerned about root canals because it is impossible to sterilise a root canal system thoroughly.

Root canals are inherently problematic because we leave dead tissue nowhere else in the body. For example, if your appendix dies, doctors know they have to remove the dead tissue because it is a haven for bacteria and is incompatible with good health. The same is true in a tooth.

A root canal procedure involves drilling and cleaning out the central canal of the tooth. As well as the main channel, there are thousands of microtubules where bacteria can hide. According to Dr. Lane Freeman, DDS,

even the best orthodontist or root canal specialist can do a great job at sterilising the main root but what they can not do is clean out all the microtubules.

Suppose bacteria remain in the tubules after the root canal procedure. In that case, the perfect secure and warm environment exists for the microbes to reproduce away from the attention of the body’s immune system.

How is Tooth Health Related to the rest of the body?

According to Dr. Gerald H. Smith, DDS, DNM

70-80% of all chronic health issues originate in the mouth. However, the majority of traditional dentists believe that the teeth are not connected to the rest of the body.

When a fetus grows in the womb, its teeth develop from the same tissue as your autonomic nervous system.

The teeth are a living part of the body. They are deeply connected to the lymphatic system, the autonomic nervous system, the afferent nervous system that links to the brain and the meridian system.

Every tooth energetically links with particular glands and organs in the body. The following list shows the relationship between teeth and organs and glands in the body.

  • Wisdom teeth – Small Intestines, Heart and Autonomic Nervous System
  • Molars – Breasts, Thyroid, Pancreas and Spleen
  • Bicuspids – Lund and Large Intestine
  • Eye Teeth – Eyes, Liver and Gallbladder
  • Incisors – Adrenals, Anal Canal, Bladder, Kidneys and Pituitary.

Interestingly, according to Dr,

95% of women with breast cancer who undergo thermographic imaging have a hotspot in the molars on the same side as the malignant breast.

According to Dr. Dawn Ewing, Ph.D., she can test teeth for energetic blockages using an Electro-acupuncture machine.

In my practice, I check for blockages in teeth through muscle testing. A client puts the tip of one of their fingers on a tooth. I test a strong muscle. If the muscle weakens, this is an indication of a blockage.

If the muscle weakens when touching a tooth, the corresponding muscle related to the tooth and organ will also weaken. For example, if the person has an issue with a wisdom tooth, they may have a corresponding weakness in their subscapularis muscle that links to the heart.

The list below is a list showing the teeth-organ-muscle relationship:

  • Wisdom teeth – Small Intestines and Heart – Quadriceps and Subscapularis
  • Molars -Thyroid, Pancreas and Spleen – Teres Minor and Latisimus Dorsi
  • Bicuspids – Lung and Large Intestine       – Coracobrachialis and Tensae Fascia Lata
  • Eye Teeth – Liver and Gallbladder – Pectoralis Major and Popliteus
  • Incisors – Adrenals, Anal Canal, Bladder, and Kidneys – Sartorius, Hamstrings, Peroneus and Psoas.

What does the research say about root canals?

Probably the earliest research on the dangers of root canals was done by Dr. Weston-Price. Dr. Weston Price did almost 25 years of research on root canals and discovered that they could cause practically any disease.

While working as a dentist, Dr. Weston-Price discovered that his clients who were given a root canal would develop diseases. Later, he would extract these teeth and implant them under the skin of rabbits, who would then contract the same diseases as the person. Furthermore, he implanted the same tooth in 20 to 30 more rabbits developing the same condition.

According to Dr. Tom Levy,

recent research has found that the number one cause of a heart attack is a root canal tooth.

How do you detect an infected root canal?

The problem with most infected root canals is that people rarely experience any pain in the tooth. Like the character in the documentary, the symptoms or conditions are away from the mouth.

Traditionally, dentists look for infection in teeth using a two-dimensional X-ray. This type of X-ray is inadequate for detecting infection. A better approach is to use a three-dimensional or panoramic type X-ray.

 How to treat an infected root canal?

If you have an infected root canal, you must remove it from your body. To achieve this, it is paramount that you find a dentist who knows what they are doing. Removing a root canal is not just a simple extraction but needs careful aftercare and management.

A necessary part of root canal extraction aftercare is dealing with any residual infection.

According to Dr. Mark A. Breiner, DDS, ozone gas therapy is indispensable in treating residual bacteria in the jaw.

Another vital part of aftercare is detoxification. Infrared saunas are an excellent gentle way to remove toxins.

When the infected tooth is removed, the first step is to ensure the extraction site is cleaned well. This step includes removing the periodontal ligament and clearing any infections.

The next step is to let the site heal by allowing the body to fill the site with new bone. This healing process takes about three months.

At the three-month mark, you should check that the site has healed properly and has no cavitation. If everything looks good, the next question is whether to replace the tooth.

There are four ways to replace a tooth include:

  1. A Removable tooth – most people do not like this option because it is uncomfortable.
  2. A Traditional bridge – involves grinding down the teeth on either side of the tooth and using them as pegs to secure the tooth. This option is not popular because you increase the odds of the teeth that you grind down needing a root canal in the future.
  3. A Bonded bridge – where the replacement tooth is secured with cement to the adjacent teeth. The downside to this option is that the tooth may occasionally become loose and require recementing.
  4. A Titanium implant – the replacement tooth is secured with a titanium screw into the jaw bone. The problem with this method is that you are using a metal. Titanium is known as a hapten which has been associated with autoimmune diseases.
  5. A Zirconia implant – the replacement tooth is secured with a Zirconia screw into the jaw bone. Zirconia implants are much safer and more bio-compatible for the body.

What are Cavitations?

A Cavitation is a residual pocket of infection. The most common reason for cavitation is the poor extraction of teeth.

When a dentist extracts a tooth, it is essential that they also remove the periodontal ligament. If this ligament is not removed, it will become a breeding ground for infection.

Another reason for the development of cavitation is that an infection from a root canal spreads to other areas in the jaw bone.

Just like with an infected root canal, cavitations can have a detrimental effect on the health of the person.

According to Dr. Thomas Rau,

cavitations have been linked to significant neurological diseases such as MS.

The most common site for cavitation is the site of extracted wisdom teeth.

Energetically, wisdom teeth are linked to the heart, small intestine and parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

Consequently, a citation at the site of a wisdom tooth may lead to heart symptoms such as arrhythmias.

What Does all this Mean?

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, 

root canals are probably the most pernicious, toxic and hidden influences on your health. And you are struggling to understand why you are so sick and you have multiple root canals, please examine that issue.

Not everybody with a root canal will develop a severe or debilitating illness. Why some people get sick and others do not are the same reasons why other people catch more colds or cases of flu or any other disease. Health depends on genetics, epigenetics, diet, stress, exercise, sleep and social connection.

An infected root canal or cavitation may be at the root of your chronic illness or symptoms, but it is essential not to neglect to look at other factors.

What Do You Think?

Do you have concerns about your root canal?

What effects does it cause?

Either way, leave a comment below.

Do You Need Help?

If you need help, I suggest you book a free functional medicine discovery session with me, in person or via video, to see whether my functional medicine approach fits your needs.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. Please do not apply this information without first speaking with your doctor.

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