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The Hidden Dangers of Root Canals You Don’t Know About

Elizabeth Renter
November 8th, 2012
Updated 11/23/2013 at 4:04 pm
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dentistrymouth 245x153 The Hidden Dangers of Root Canals You Dont Know AboutYour dentist doesn’t want you to know, and the American Dental Association (ADA) sure doesn’t want us to tell you of the many dangers of root canals. After all, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. Any tainting of the root canal image could cost them serious cash, so (like Big Pharma) they deny there’s any problems at all. Unfortunately for them, more and more people are being awakened to the trouble with traditional medicine and dentistry, so their industry will be taking a hit.

The Alliance for Natural Health says there are more than 25 million root canals performed in the United States each year, with 41,000 being performed every single day. And the number of dentists who discuss the true dangers of these procedures before they do them can probably be counted on one hand.

So, what is wrong with a root canal?

A root canal essentially removes the live pulp from a tooth and replaces it with a synthetic material. This stops the tooth from appearing to rot away, it does away with the internal damage that could be causing a toothache, the damage from an untreated cavity. But, while your dentist would have you think the root canal solves your problems—it really isn’t that simple.

In addition to the central root of the tooth, where the dentist removes the tissue during a root canal, there are thousands of tiny side canals that aren’t touched by your doctor. When the root is removed, the nerves in these side canals die. They rot. They fester and become a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.

Research has proven this to be the case. Not surprisingly, the ADA denies the validity of any such research, maintaining that root canals are safe but refusing to scientifically refute the evidence to the contrary.

Dr. Weston A. Price literally wrote the book on root canal dangers way back in 1922. His work was pooh-poohed by the ADA back then too. Since then, others have substantiated his work, which showed that root canals are linked to immune diseases including Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

This disease is fueled by anaerobic bacteria surviving in the remaining roots of the teeth, in those tiny side canals. These bacteria don’t need oxygen to survive and are quite happy living off of dead tissue. But this infection can and does spread, often without us knowing.

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One study from Dr. Price showed that a root-canaled tooth, when taken out from the human patient and placed in an animal, actually removed diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease from its host and followed the tooth into the animal. In other words, the human was cured and the animal with the root-canaled tooth developed the disease.

In an Eastern medicine perspective, root canals also disrupt a link between certain teeth and body parts, since specific teeth actually lie on the same meridian point as various organs, tissues, glands, etc. Here is an interesting chart provided by

What can you do? Look for alternatives. Namely, if your tooth is rotting, have it extracted. Then discuss natural options like a bridge or a titanium or zirconium implant. The Holistic Dental Association can help lead you to a holistic practitioner in your area.

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  • Nalliah Thayabharan

    The root canal procedure is performed to eliminate of infection in the tooth along with the sealing of the root system to prevent leakage and supposedly, subsequent re-infection. Most root canal treated teeth remain infected after treatment. The materials used to fill the evacuated root canal spaces do not make a perfect seal and thus can always be expected to leak. This leakage allows bacteria and their toxins access to the bloodstream, and since the blood supply to the tooth has been eliminated through drilling, the immune system can’t get at the infected tooth! This permits a constant leakage of toxic matter into the body so long as the root canal remains.

    Bacteria infiltrating through the dentin tubles under decay can set up housekeeping in the pulp chamber. Due to oxygen deprivation, the existing bacteria can change form and create a plethora of pathogenic bacteria. Over hundred different strains of bacteria have been identified at the apex or within the pulp chamber of dead or dying teeth.

    The toxins produced by the bacteria can either be picked up by the drainage system at the apex of the tooth, or flow down the dentin tubles into the peridontal ligament. At the ligament they can slip into the fluids around the tooth and flow into the bloodstream, where they will be dispersed throughout the body.

    The root canal procedure is fatally flawed, as it always results in an infected and toxic tooth even in the rare event when infection was not present prior to the procedure. Any root canal tooth that is allowed to remain in the mouth will eventually have a negative impact on the patient’s health. The only healthy answer when faced with a chronic or degenerative condition is to remove the dead tooth altogether.

    Nearly every chronic degenerative disease has been linked with root canals, including:
    Heart disease
    Kidney disease
    Arthritis, joint, and rheumatic diseases
    Neurological diseases (including ALS and MS)
    Autoimmune diseases (Lupus and more)

    97% of Terminal Cancer Patients Previously Had Root Canal Procedure
    93% of women with breast cancer had root canals
    7 % had other oral pathology
    Tumors, in the majority of cases, occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or other oral pathology

  • Stephen Malinowski

    Yes, and I know people who had rotten teeth who had root canals and felt better. The question is whether root canals have unwanted side-effects. If they do, let’s see some real statistics.

  • viprefrozen

    so what is the cure for having already had a root canal when younger?…. i recently got decent dental insurance. is getting a complete extraction and implant the best way to go about it?…..

  • DarDar

    I strongly believe my Hyperthroidism is caused by my root canals. I cannot afford to get them pulled out and somehow replaced with??? They are in the from and I have infections from these 2 root canals for years. I have a feeling I will be ok when they are taken out!

  • Tyrone Hall

    Whether true or not, it remains a fact that any medical operation carries its own risks one way or another. All we can really do is get a skilled-enough doctor to minimize the chances of something going wrong.

  • James

    What dental patients have to understand is there are risk in any type of surgery you have. However, with today's advanced medicine and technology, the risk are much less of anything serious happening. The bottom line is the rewards are much greater than the risk.

  • Timster

    I just had a extraction of old root canal and bone graft (the infection had eaten away my jaw bone) two weeks ago. Im a type 1 diabetic and within 1 week my insulin requirements had droped by 50% and still going down. I was feeling weak and brain fogged, now I am feeling better than I was 5 years ago prior to being diagnosed with Type 1.
    In my opinion, from my experience, infected root canals can potentialy have a devasting impact to health, especialy if you have immue issue.

    • timster

      AND it cost me $1200, mostly due to bone graft.

    • cpmt

      I THANK YOU so much for putting the things in track. AND WHAT YOU say is the truth… not all the silly comments written by some others. I too have diabetes, AND I AM SURE all my health issues are due to problems with my teeth – amalgams with mercury- and root canals. I think that the problem 'ANONYMOUS' had was rotten teeth on their base. I had the same problem with one tooth. it broke right in its base it was like 'dust' I blame my dentist (who wanted to do a crown on that tooth and I declined. He kept pocking on it until probably got rotten. Well I had implant done, and the dentist got P^&%$ at me… no crown. of course,the implant was was very expensive.

  • Anonymous

    I've had 4 root canals that broke off at the gum line and then had to spend a ton of money to get dental implants. Does anyone know why this happens? No dentist has been able to give me a satisfactory answer.

    BTW, Hookem, it is MUCH cheaper to extract a tooth than to do a root canal and porcelain cap. This is a fact.

    • bluebird

      Someone upstairs was looking out for you, by the grace of GOD..Root canals+Mercury amalgams is a death sentence..

  • clara gibson

    Wow. What a heated venom laden dicussion trail. Reading through it, it became incredibly hard to see what the opponents of Hookie – were railing about. From my nursing days – I am aware that tooth decay can contribute to cardiac disease and affect the heart valves. Any infection anywhere in the body left untreated, if the body cannot overcome the infection it self will cause greater problems to general health.

    What I do not understand is the debate between tooth extraction and root canal extraction – surely one requires the other? If a root is that infected removing it I can imagine would be difficult as I imagine it might distintegrate leaving tiny fragments of infection. I imagine there have to be tiny filaments connected to the tooth – although I had alwys envisaged the tooth as something like a bone in the body – connected and yet separate ie can be removed obviously with consequences. How should these infected tiny canals be treated? The article doesn't educate people about what the alternative is, and neither does the argument above.

    I look forward to reading some sane erudite information please.

    best wishes


    • Kai


      What can you do? Look for alternatives. Namely, if your tooth is rotting, have it extracted. Then discuss natural options like a bridge or a titanium or zirconium implant. The Holistic Dental Association can help lead you to a holistic practitioner in your area.

      • Anonymous

        Please send information on how to do this Ina safe way

  • InalienableWrights

    Can't figure out if those defending the medical mafia are shills for them, or just plain uniformed and naive.

    I can't imagine why anyone would trust idiots that put mercury and fluoride into peoples mouths.

  • Gordo the great

    it is YOU my friend who is the ignoramus , everyone knows the ''dental mafia'' voted for obama, you also sound like a anti-dentite to me

    • cpmt

      ahhhh????? what Obama has to do with dental root canals???? ay ay ay !!!! please don't blame Mr. Obama for the things happening on the whole world… if anyone is at fault it was the Bush family.

  • Steve Reynolds

    For the folks reading this blog, it's obvious beyond refute that Hookem is a disinformant and probably a paid whore of the ADA.

    • cpmt

      please no insults. he just told his opinion… even if it s false.

  • Realhealth

    You are the troll who keeps bandying conspiracy and disinformation for your employers.Go troll at the ADA or somewhere where someone finds your smarmy anti intellectual,antihealth,antipeople rotgut amusing.The mistake you agents make is always using the term "perfectly safe","lab proven".You want everyone to keep drinking your poisonous kool-aid and you and your ilk refuse to accept you've been outed.That HAS been conclusively shown.

  • Choo Hader

    Hookem. You are a troll and liar. The Medical Mafia/Big Pharma is the number one killer in America. Anyone who spends as much time as you are disputing these things on a natural health website has to be a paid troll.

  • Whisln

    I just had all of my root canals removed and I can't believe the difference in my health. It was an overnight improvement. The Dead things in my jaw were affecting my heart and my general overall health. The sensation in my jaw, my chest sensations and fatique went away the very next day. Root canals are evil. If you get those dead things out of your body, you will be much healthier. My personal body science proved this was the right thing to do. I have talked to a number of people who have had health problems big time after doing root canals, and I tell them of my experience. Greed is evil.

    • Hookem

      'Correlation does not imply causation.'

      Again, if dentists wanted your money, they'd offer you extractions first, not root canals. Because extractions make them more money. Poof goes your 'greed is evil' line. Lets replace it with 'Ignorance is evil' ;0)

      Absolute nonsense that your 'suggested' symptons would dissapear overnight. You are either lying to me, or simply to yourself, or probably both. You are seeing what you want to see, and I have no doubt that neither your dentist, or your doctor, support your self diagnosis, which is clearly wrong.

      • Frank

        Extractions do NOT "make [dentists] more money," you ignoramus. Just in the last week, I have been to a dentist. She offered to extract my tooth for $122. The root canal treatment would have been over $1000.

      • Meg

        Load of BS. Why do you think poor people have a lot of missing teeth? It's because when they have a problem tooth, Medicaid will only pay for an extraction (cheapest fix). They won't pay for root canals, crowns, bridges, etc. because they cost much more money. Nothing you say has any credibility, after that fabricated assertion.

      • Tigger

        Hookem how can u tell someone else how they feel? If he had root canals pulled and felt better then he did before that then I would say it was the teeth causing his problems. I had the same thing happen to me except that I felt better almost as soon as the root canals were pulled. U can believe me or not I don’t really care either way but don’t sit and try to tell someone else how they feel! ! ! Cause when u do that it does make u the idiot!

    • cpmt

      YOU have you root canals removed?? HOW DO THEY DO THAT? IF THEY REMOVED THE ROOT FROM YOUR TEETH, HOW CAN THEY REMOVED THE ROOTCANAL DONE?? I don't understand. I am asking because I am trying to remove my mercury from my fillings (amalgams) and now (I didn't know they could be removed) the root canals, i have several teeth and they are affecting my health and memory. The problem is that the mercury only has to be remove by people who know how to remove them, or can poison you if they don't know what they are doing.

  • Anonymous

    Hook'em on root canals? Are you so desperate? A root canaled tooth is a dead body part. We all know that dead body parts do rot. It's the toxins released from the rotting process that kills you.

    • Steve B.

      In any oxygen free environment toxins are produced and they are very deadly. If this occurs in anything were oxygen and sunlight is absent. If this is possible, then root canals couyld very possible be very dangerous. So people need to learn this and then be able to decide instead of having this info supressed and learn down the road.

      • Hookem

        Nothing has been surpressed. Many, many public studies have been conducted on this subject by genuinely interested scientists seeking only the truth. They found the truth, time and time again, and it goes like this: Root canals are not dangerous, Dr. Weston A. Price's research has been PROVEN to be deeply flawed and simply wrong. I have nothing against the guy, for all intents and purposes he was only doing what he thoguht he was right. However, as science has come a long way since 1922, it's been shown his methodology was flawed, and that's mostly a matter of the state of scientific advancement/knowledge of the time.

  • steve

    Sounds like Hookem is a dentist? Root canals are terrible,I had mine removed, now if i could just get all those toxic fillings removed too..

    • Hookem

      I am not a dentist.

      A root canal can only be called terrible if it's carried out 'terribly' by a 'bad dentist'. Perhaps, then, you should of removed your dentist from your life, not your root canal.

      Toxic filling too now, eh? My oh my… it must be horribly stressful living with so many silly conspiracies… as soon as you open your mouth several of them immediately present themselves to you! Your body must be literally riddled with wicked, government big pharma sponsored conspiracies! How do you sleep at night? Surely they've filled your pillows and bedding with ever more life threatening, mind melting conspiracies too, no? Maybe mind controlling bed bugs? Or RFID implanting Mosquitoes? How about Spyders — CIA trained arachnids sent to record your darkest thoughts for the Ministry of Love? OMG!!!

      In summary:

      Root canals are safe, and proven so time and time again. Generally it's cheaper to have a root canal than an extraction plus an implant — which can fail. You should be thanking your dentists for not only saving you money, but for also trying to save your teeth!

      • Steve B.

        If you have not killed all the bacteria in a food canning process that stuff is so toxic it's unreal. The kind of stuff that grows in an oxygen free environment is deadly. Pop the lid on canned foods with this stuff and you are done. So the same must be able to happen in your mouth. The tooth is not worth the risk.

        • Hookem

          The mouth is full of bacteria always, as is the human body in general. The presence of bacteria does not instantly equate to infection. There has always been bacteria in your mouth, and it's there right now in the billions and billions, and they will be there until the day you die… by natural, non dental related causes :0)

      • Steve B.


        Root canals are safe, and proven so time and time again. Generally it’s cheaper to have a root canal than an extraction plus an implant — which can fail. You should be thanking your dentists for not only saving you money, but for also trying to save your teeth! response: LOL

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  • Guest

    Hookem, I want to believe you. Can you please provide any such references at all, that "conclusively prove" that the author of said book was wrong?

    • Steve B.

      People can believe anything. The big food industries tried to lie and spent 40 million to defeat the vote on the California ballot to not force food companies to label foods for GM. But the people voted to not force them. So they are going to eat crap and not know what it is. Who would want to do that? So providing misleading info and covering up the truth is still being done. This means the big corporations stand to profit 100 billion becauseof this. They didn't spend the money for the truth. So go ahead and eat your GM food, but don't force your kids to eat it.

  • Hookem

    This nonsense has been thoroughly debunked time and time again. Root canals are perfectly safe, as an abundance of respectable, peer reviewed, lab proven, research has conclusively shown. Science is ever evolving, and you simply cannot fall back on a book written in 1922 and expect to be taken seriously! The auth or said book was wrong in his beliefs, and this too has been conclusively proven.

    • Steve B.

      I know people who had rotten teeth in their mouth and they had them all pulled and they felt so much better. The only way for toxins and bacteris to leach into your bones is through your teeth. Think about this.

    • John K

      I have a root canal and the gums around it have been bleeding for years. My health has been declining slowly and gradually for the last few years even though I am only 32 and I take extremely good care of myself.

      The dentist took an x-ray and says there is a major infection. I am getting it taken out finally and expect to see an improvement in my health.

      After I get this done I will try to find this page and comment again with an update.