Root Canals and Cavitations

Dangers of Root Canals

Research has demonstrated that virtually all root canals result in residual infection due to the imperfect seal that allows bacteria to penetrate.  The most commonly used material in root canals is gutta percha, which is soaked in chloroform and heated.  But when the chloroform evaporates and the gutta percha cools, there is significant shrinkage in all such root canal fillings, which allows entrance of bacteria.  A condition that commonly occurs with root-canalled teeth is a radicular or periapical cyst or apical periodontitis, which is a pocket of bacterial inflammation that often forms in the gums at the tip of root-canalled teeth due to bacteria inhibiting the tooth.  These are the most common type of cysts that form in the gums and can also be a factor in formation of caviations in the neighbouring jawbone.

Once established, non-mutans streptococci, enterococci and lactobacilli appear to survice commonly following endodontic root-canal treatment of teeth with clinical and radiographical signs of apical periodontitis.  Large scale tests found cavitations under or located near approximately 90% of root canal teeth scanned in both males and females of various ages from several different geographic areas of the United States.  The general population could be somewhat different from this sample as the sample was not a random sample.  In tests of 745 randomly chosen root-canalled teeth at a dental school, done at least 1 year prior to test, 33% were found to have apical periodontitis.

The toxins given off by these bacteria are often even more toxic than mercury.  The bacterial toxins from root-canalled teeth and associated cavitations can cause systemic diseases of the heart, kidney, uterus, immune, nervous and endocrine systems.

A useful and commonly used test to assess the cause of toxic related chronic health conditions is the urinary fractionated porphyrin test, which measures the degree that toxic exposures have blocked digestive enzymatic processes necessary to the function of the body, by looking at the level of various waste porphyrins in the urine caused by these blockages.  The level of such toxic related porphyrins in the urine of people with chronic conditions including Parkinson’s have been found to decline in some patients after cavitation treatment (or amalgam removal).  This is also been found for many cases of Lupus and MS.  Lupus symptoms are often associated with blockage and resulting high levels in urine of Uriporphyrin, while MS is more commonly associated with high Coproporphyrin.

Article from The Natural Recovery Plan: Dental Cavitations and Health