Each of your teeth is a vital – that is, living - organ. Like your liver, lungs, kidneys and other organs, teeth sometimes become diseased and fail. In that case, a dentist may recommend root canal treatment, which starts with removing the dentinal pulpal complex – the tooth’s “guts,” so to speak, rich in nerves, blood vessels and delicate connective tissue. After cleaning the chamber, the dentist fills it with a rubbery putty called “gutta percha” and cement sealant – materials that often contain some very toxic elements, such as heavy metals and formaldehyde – and caps the remaining tooth structure with a restoration.
Establishment dentists call this "saving" the tooth, which is odd since, by definition, a root canal tooth is a dead tooth. All the living stuff – what once kept it alive – is gone. But this doesn't mean that nothing is happening inside. The absence of the pulp has major consequences.
The outer layer of the dental pulpal complex is made of specialized cells called odontoblasts. They exist to create dentin, the tissue situated between the tender pulp and tough outer enamel. A cross-section of dentin shows thousands of microscopic dentinal tubules – anywhere from 30,000 to 75,000 per square millimeter. The odontoblasts – also called dentinoblasts – extend into these tubules, all the way through to the enamel on top and the cementum that covers the root at the bottom.
In a living tooth, the protein processes of these cells are continually bathed in intracellular fluid – dentinal lymph – from the pulp. When a dentist removes the pulp, however, they’re severed and remain within the dentinal tubules. Because there’s no longer any blood supply to them, they undergo necrosis – that is, they die and decay, just like the flesh of a putrefying corpse. The local biological terrain changes, and the microbes respond by degenerating into viruses, fungi, parasites and other pathological microbiota (i.e, “bad bugs”). Over time, their toxic metabolic waste migrates through the tubules and into the cementum, periodontal ligament and bone. From there, it finds its way into the general circulation, free to infect other organs.
Brain health is of special concern, since the organ is so close to the mouth – just inches away. When neurotoxins exit into the bone, it’s not far to the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain. There and over time, they contribute to a variety of neurological illnesses, just as toxins affecting other organs and polluting the terrain contribute to other forms of systemic illness.
Because of all this, a root canal tooth is always considered infected and often toxic. Research by dental materials expert Dr. Boyd Haley – professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Kentucky – has shown that more than 90% of all root canal teeth are riddled with pathogens and their toxic byproducts.
One alternative to root canal treatment is extraction. But what to replace the tooth with? If the adjacent teeth are healthy, a bridge is possible. In other cases, a dentist may suggest an implant - placing a titanium or ceramic rod to the jawbone and screwing a restoration onto it.
Dental implants can cause their own problems. For one, they create an immune response, such as suppressing the T-cell count. Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) shows remarkable adverse changes in the rH2 values – a measure of oxidative stress. When these values are high, as we typically see in clients with implants, both cell and biological terrain functions take a hit. Nutrient uptake is inhibited, as is the delivery of hormone and energetic information. The body’s natural energy state is disturbed.
Lodging an implant into the jaw creates a scenario similar to what happens when you skip a flat stone across the surface of a lake. Think about how the ripples grow smaller and fainter as they continue across the lake and then bounce back. They may be too faint for us to observe with the naked eye, but the effect persists. This is a form of energetic resonance. Likewise, when an implant is placed, there is bioresonance through the extracellular fluid.
Implants also create disturbances along the meridians on which they’re placed. Meridians are your body’s energetic pathways, connecting multiple organs and bodily structures. Disturbances or blockages in one area can affect the other organs on the same meridian, setting the stage for illness or dysfunction at sites far from the mouth. Disturbances caused by implants may be worsened if other metals - such as mercury amalgam “silver” fillings - are present, due to the creation of galvanic currents.
Illnesses that have been linked to focal infection and implants include cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS), lupus and other inflammatory conditions.
It’s been demonstrated that implanted devices produce non-random repetitive energy waves that produce harmful biological effects. This disruption may change things such as cell and matrix signaling pathways, the permeability of ion-exchange channels and the membrane electric potential. The end result is poor health. By the same token, good, healthy bone that is free of heavy metal, root canals and implants radiates more natural electromagnetic fields (photons). These fields produce mixed wave patterns along meridians with irregular profiles, producing healthy biological systems.
Although the marketing often makes implants sound little different from natural teeth, the truth is that cleaning them can be a challenge for the average patient. It’s hard to get around and under the crown with floss, dental picks or other hygiene tools. Consequently, oral biofilm in those areas crusts up and thickens like tartar or calculus. Unable to be removed, this can become a periodontal (gum) irritant.
In a video posted by the Seattle (Dental) Study Club on Facebook, a dentist describes having to anesthetize a patient when cleaning dental cement from a crown placed on an implant. It hurts that bad.
Does a patient with calculus-crusted implants face a similar situation? Perhaps so. In such a case, the oral environment – not to mention the terrain – must be at least somewhat toxic. If the microbiota involved are at all similar to those in periodontal disease, we may need to consider dental implants another potential trigger for inflammatory conditions that have been linked with gum disease. These include heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s (to name but a few).
Below are materials we recommend for learning more about this topic. Each of us is the author of our own health and well-being. So we encourage you to do the research that will help you make good choices for your dental and systemic health – choices appropriate to your wants and needs. For good choices depend on understanding how and why illness arises. This is the basis of truly informed consent.
Are There Other Dental Dangers We Should Know About While this article gives a good overview of common concerns about dental materials, the information on ceramic/porcelain is misleading. As explained in this excellent white paper (PDF) from materials expert Jess Clifford, there is no such thing as "metal-free dentistry." What matters is the form the metals take.
Part Oneexplains tooth anatomy and physiology, as well as how root canals are done and their limitations.
Part Twodiscusses why a root canal filling cannot be considered sound biological therapy even if lasers and ozone are used. The concept of focal infection is introduced, as are the importance of removing the periodontal ligament from the bone when a tooth is extracted to avoid creating a cavitation.
Part Threecontinues the discussion of cavitations and focal infection before turning to issues with implants and their negative effect on energy flow. It also taps into Bob Jones' research on the relation between dental toxins, foci and cancer.