The Link Between Root Canals and Chronic Fatigue

A special report by Dr. Sambataro

But in a world filled with ‘pick me ups’ why then are we still tired when we wake up, tired during the middle of our day and exhausted when work is over? Perhaps there is another, often missed or unexplained link between the fatigue we feel and its source. To that end, Dr. Sambataro has made it his mission to uncover potential reasons for Chronic Fatigue, and more importantly, to help his patients get back to their lives.

It seems as if there are really two kinds of tired for most of us. The first kind occurs after a hard day of work, a fun weekend or a rough night with a child. They all seem to have a source and they all seem to get better with a ‘good night’s sleep.’ The second, and seemingly more common type of fatigue, is the kind that weighs on you at all times, no matter how much sleep you have gotten. It’s like wearing a lead suit that drags on you all of the time. It saps your energy, your strength, and your life. So to combat this you try to sleep more. You work out more to increase your metabolism or you try energy drinks. And perhaps they all work to a degree, but all too soon that blanket of fatigue that just seems to smother you replaced the short spike in energy.

If this sounds like you then, perhaps, you need to read further for answers to the overriding question you  might have at this point.

Why am I so tired all the time?

In Western Medicine, for all of our medical advances, we are really at the beginning stages of understanding the more natural remedies. Often referred to as Eastern medicine, in reference to China and the Far East, these ideas of acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies are only now gaining traction in the established medical community of this country. But, it is this more holistic, or complete approach, that Dr. Sambataro feels is necessary to combating Chronic Fatigue and its link to root canals.

If you say the words ‘root canal’ to many people you would get a wide variety of explanations as to what specifically this procedure is. Essentially, a root canal is performed on an infected tooth by removing the central blood supply and nerve in the center of the tooth. At this point the space in the center of the tooth is filled and the surgery is complete. And, a good outcome is usually one that affords a patient less pain than they had prior to the root canal. But, what if all of the infection in the tooth was not removed? What would happen inside your mouth if you had an active infection that was still present despite the root canal? The answer is you would have toxins, a by-product of the bacteria that make up the infection, released into the mouth and blood stream.

To understand the chronic fatigue that can follow a root canal you first have to understand the design of the tooth and how nutrition and bacteria move through it. The tooth, despite many perceptions, is very open and porous. (Something akin to a hard sponge with an open center and small holes throughout). In the center of the tooth you have a blood supply that brings in fresh blood and takes out the old. You also have a nerve, for feeling, and it is pressure on the nerve that causes pain in an infected tooth. Now, the main blood supply is in the center, but just like the rest of the body, there are small passage that move throughout the tooth. And it is these small passages that allow for nutrition to move through the entire tooth. These passage are also hiding spaces for the bacteria when the center of the tooth is infected. It is the bacterium that is missed when a root canal is performed and it is this aggressive bacterium that survives and releases toxins that your white blood cells have to fight because it is an infection.

The problem with the standard approach to removing infected material from a tooth via a root canal is that is only addresses part of the problem. It does remove much of the infected material from the tooth but it is unable to get into the side passages where the more aggressive bacteria are hiding. And, despite sealing the tooth, this bacterium continue to thrive and survive. Why?? Because this type of bacteria does not require oxygen to live.

In the field of medicine it is well known that bacteria that do not require oxygen to live are more aggressive, more dangerous and more opportunistic. They produce the more unhealthy toxins and they do not mind the small place they have to live. Now, prior to a root canal these bacteria are present but they are held in check by ‘good’ bacteria. In fact, our bodies host many bacteria that mostly work for us by breaking down food or limiting more aggressive bacteria. But when that balance of power is changed, as is the case in a root canal then the body has to turn to its other defenses for help.

If you have ever been sick and felt tired then you have the beginnings of understanding what is happening when you have an infection or illness. Essentially, the body has white blood cells around to fight infection but this comes at a price. The price is that there is only so much space in the veins and arteries for blood so the body makes fewer red blood cells and more white blood cells. The red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrition around the body. If you are getting less oxygen around the body then you will be more tired. It is that simple. And, a chronic, or long lasting infection, keeps pumping out white blood cells and limiting red blood cells. The math is simple at this point. Too few red blood cells, whatever the reason, leads to fatigue. Of course, this is made worse if you are fighting an infection.

The medical professions, including dentists, are not normally aware of the link between the bacteria that remain in the tooth after a root canal and chronic fatigue. The link is actually very obvious if you just understand the impact being sick can have on the body. But many in the medical profession would never think to look at the teeth as a source of infection, especially after a root canal. So, what does a person do who is tired all of the time but can’t find answers? The answer is simple, you search until you find someone who will listen to you, consider all the possible sources for fatigue, including your teeth so you can get some answers.

Dr. Sambataro has spent years searching for answers to how the teeth can impact the entire body. He has followed new research; dug out old studies and most importantly he has listened to his patients. All of this has combined to make him closely examine your bodies reasons for chronic fatigue so that you can feel more rested, be more energetic and get back to your life.

If you are ready to take the next step in learning about your chronic fatigue then you need to long on to: or contact Dr. Sambataro directly at:       410-964-3118.

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111 Responses to The Link Between Root Canals and Chronic Fatigue

  1. Brian Kritzinger says:

    Just had a root canal done on monday, actually 3 root canels in one visit. One was more expensive than the other two, but I guess it was the filling. It is Thursday and suddenly I’m overwhelmed by a feeling of fatigue. Had a headache all day. Is this how it starts or am I a little too quick to jump the gun? My teeth feels fine but I definitely feel a uncomfortable sensation deep inside the gums. After so much money, really wouldn’t want to hear stuff like I’ve made things worse for myself. We’re not insured on dentals, not even a whole week. What should be done to get over the tiredness? I’m feel like just sleeping where I stand even in the shower, instead of a energy boost in the shower I just want to wiggle myself to sleep. I had a root canal done 6 years ago and it didn’t do anything, it didn’t make me feel like this, so why now all of a sudden?

    • Renee Belz says:

      Hi Brian, I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Anything you can do to boost your immune system right now will be helpful. Lots of rest, vitamin C, colloidal silver, medicinal mushrooms, and minerals are extremely beneficial. I know it may be hard financially but visiting a holistic/biological dentist to check the area would be a good idea as there may be infection present.

    • Pau says:

      Hi Brian, if you got sick after getting a root canal you need to see a “bio dentist”, who uses a Cone Beam CT to diagnose hidden infections. The root canal tooth has to be removed using a piezzo tool, ozone to clean the area, and PRF membranes (very important). Did you get the issue addressed? Are you now feeling better?

  2. Louise says:

    Good day. I have a question for anyone who has had root canal removed. I had a 30 year old one removed 2 was ago. It was done by a biological dentist. I also had the fibrin rich platelet graft. The procedure was extremely painful (I didn’t freeze well) and since then I had an extreme flare up of the Lyme symptoms I’ve been dealing with. Now I’m extremely fatigued and my blood pressure has dropped very low. My sinuses are irritated and I’m finding it feels like an allergy. Has anyone had these experiences after root canal removal. I’m really hoping it’s my body dealing with the infection/years of dead tooth and I’ll soon be grateful I had it removed. The tooth looked fine dentist did not think there was any visible infection. Now of course, I’m wondering if I made a mistake. The tooth has bothered me off and on for 30 years everything from pain to pain and numbness in cheek area when exposed to cold to throbbing and sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet etc. I sure hope I didn’t go through all that for nothing! I have scheduled appointment for replacement of my mercury fillings with biological non toxic material by same dentist.

    • Renee Belz says:

      Hi Louise,
      It sounds like some of your symptoms may be due to your immune system working to fight infection. Are you able to work with a functional medicine practitioner and biological dentist? I think that may be helpful to get everything under control. And please don’t feel like you made a mistake. It’s all part of the journey towards better health!

  3. Adam Kain says:

    I made the biggest mistake of my life yesterday March 1st, 2018 and went to an endodontist. A month ago I went to the dentist because I could not eat without extreme pain. I explained the pain was only when I ate, I had no hot/cold sensitivity and no pain with brushing. Well the dentist said that the X-ray’s showed extreme decay and that I would need to have several root canal therapy’s done.

    I began researching everything about root canal alternatives. I started pulling coconut oil twice a day, brushing twice a day, and flossing twice a day. After a couple weeks there was a noticeable difference with the pain I felt while eating. The pain was still there but not near as pronounced. I also noticed improvements in the way my mouth felt overall. No more dry mouth, much more saliva being produced. The day before the killing of my teeth I was able to eat with no pain what so ever for the first time in months.

    I decided to go to the appointment anyway but I made it very clear that my teeth did not hurt anymore and that I thought they were healing. They took the X-ray’s and the endodontist performed the cold test on my teeth. One tooth hurt really bad with the test but no other teeth hurt. I assumed she would only do the tooth that gave a response to the test. Nope before I knew it she was drilling holes in my teeth, essentially killing them.

    I am now in more pain than I have ever been in. Cant eat, I feel extremely fatigued and lethargic and just an overall feeling of despair and regret. I am a 100% disabled veteran, I was sent to this endodontist through the VA and the procedure was covered completely by the VA. I am assuming that’s why the endodontist performed the root canals on the teeth that did not need them and did not listen to me when I said my teeth were feeling better. She did not want to hear that, all she saw was dollar signs and that is all she cared about even if it meant killing my healing teeth.

    I will work night and day to see justice be done upon the monster who destroyed my health by killing 3 of my organs. I will get the X-ray’s and find out if my teeth were healing themselves. I will have several other dentists and endodontists look at such X-ray’s to determine if root canal therapy was necessary. I have already told the VA that I made a HUGE mistake in electing to get root canals and that I want the dead, rotting shells of what used to be my teeth removed from my jaw. I will eat with one side of my mouth for the rest of my life. I will not have a dead, rotting organ stay in my mouth to harbor disease. I want them out ASAP!

    Moral of the story. Regret. I was naive to think the endodontist would not perform the root canals. I was naive to think the endodontist or the VA really cared and had my best interest at heart. We don’t need root canal therapy and we don’t need extraction unless the tooth is completely dead. Tooth decay can be healed naturally! I was doing it!

    • Renee Belz says:

      Adam, I am so sorry to hear your story. I understand your frustration and wish you all the best in your recovery. Thank you for joining us in the fight against this toxic therapy.

    • Samantha says:

      Omg the timing of reading this is uncanny. I had a dead tooth in my mouth for years. It was black. I suppose it was rotting but no one said anything. Instead of pulling it, they recommended a root canal to “save” the tooth, that was already dead…so I wouldn’t have a space there and the teeth would shift. So I trusted this. I did it. And couldn’t afford the crown right away. It ending up cracking. Not sure when. But fast forward two years, I had a cracked tooth, endless infection, always tired, always a headache and feeling awful. I finally removed the tooth the other day. I already am starting to feel better already. My mouth is finally healing. My white blood cells can finally have a rest since it won’t be constantly fighting an infection it couldn’t win. The next time I need a root canal, I’ll be telling them to pull it instead.

      • Renee Belz says:

        Thank you for sharing you story! I’m so happy to hear that you are finally getting relief and finding optimal health again!

  4. vicki says:


    can you recommend any dentist in Toronto that can do the extraction/ periodontal ligament with the ozone therapy ?

    • Gene says:

      Hi Vicki,
      I’m sorry I don’t personally know any dentists in the Toronto area but I recommend checking with

    • Jocelyn says:

      Vladimir Pastouk in Cleveland is awesome. I just went this week for so many issues and he was with me for almsot three hours and I didn’t even get any work done yet. He is integrative and holistic and treats the whole body.He is so thorough. Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry. He is removing a tooth in a few weeks and uses ozone.

  5. Emma Jaques says:

    I had a tooth abscess a few months ago and after 2 days of pain I went to the dentist who cleaned it out and did a partial root canal, he said I needed to remove the wisdom tooth next to it so he could finish the root canal. I did inform h I had liver problems on my form. I went 5 days later to get the wisdom tooth out. Went ok but I started to get a lot of saliva constantly in my mouth, she couldn’t tell me why but I didn’t feel great and had a panic attack one day. I then got the flu for 2 weeks and after calls from the dentist I went in not feeling great and got the root canal finished, during the procedure the rubber dam wouldn’t hold so he took it out and proceeded. When he finished he informed me there was a small crack on the tooth and it may need to be removed anyway…. this is when the hell started… first burning mouth then my sinuses felt they were being burnt out, followed by acid coming up in my mouth when I lay down, I then got a migraine and threw up, my organs started having pain. I passed out one day.. a few days later my feet went numb then my legs and my hips…. that night I burning in my thighs and had heat on my jaw and head…. since the dull ache in my legs had been 24/7 like im about to cramp but can’t…. my body including my head is so toxic it’s had be in tears all day and I can’t sleep walking up every hour. I am totally dehydrated with yellow wee and a dry mouth and o lost feeling in parts of my body, I know my head is tight and my doctor says anxiety but I know it’s not… the dentist said I may have had an allergic rea room but it’s been 6 weeks and I still feel poisoned. Can you give me any advice on if the root canal could be causing or caused any of these symptoms?

    • Renee Belz says:

      Hi Emma,
      It’s unfortunately hard to find the root cause of symptoms sometimes. Oral infection, including toxic root canals, can cause a wide array of symptoms. Sometimes it’s best to have the root canal teeth and other infected teeth extracted, then have the sites thoroughly cleaned out, along with the use of ozone. Once the infection is completely gone, symptoms may start to disappear. It’s best for you to see a Biological Dentist (who understands the dangers of root canals) to get a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.

  6. mar mitchell says:

    i have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue for around 10 yrs and at the time went on holiday on my return 3weeks later i just crashed for months evdntually i got a little better enough to cope but within last six months ive had two teeth break off the metal filling came away and has left one broken clean off the other half missing in this time frame im shattered all the time beyond anything before headaches continual sinus bunged up titinus like nothing else palpatation and more also i had appendix out due to bugs so i know im not ok
    do you think these teeth cld be the issue they seem to secrete a weird taste not unpleasant like im secreting some chemical
    i was once so full of energy now ive not enough to do any kind of job its frustrating beyond belief
    on having ct scan for appendix i was seen to have an adrenal adenoma left kidney bloods tested told ok to repeat scan by my reasoning they suggest benign and non active all these things seem conected in some way and im desperate to get any idea what to do its like life has just stopped and cant do anything

    • Renee Belz says:

      I’m sorry to hear about all of your health issues. This is unfortunately becoming all too common. It sounds like your body is dealing with so many issues, including infection and heavy metals, that fatigue is setting in. It would be best for you to see a Biological Dentist to get a thorough evaluation of what’s going on in your mouth, as well as work with a Naturopathic Doctor that specializes in chronic fatigue.

  7. I had a root canal a year ago. Since then I have had unexplained fatigue and headaches daily….migraines, allergies, and general misery. No doctors have been able to diagnose me and they try to tell me I am depressed. I am not…I just was frustrated because I missed my old energetic self. Just the day before yesterday I had the tooth extracted by means of micro surgery because the crown fell off where the dentist did the root canal and tried to fix it with a screw and a post. The oral surgeon told me there was an infection there, but since he removed the tooth and put me on antibiotics, the infection would be gone now. Is that true? It will be interesting to see if my symptoms go away now that the tooth is out but I want to be sure the infection is gone. He used titanium so it’s too late to change it, unless the dentist who does my final crown can use ziconium. But he already told me he is planning on titanium. In the future I would like to use a toxic free holistic dentist who thinks like you do. I am in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area. Can you recommend someone? Thank you!

  8. Steve says:

    I have extreme chronic fatigue and the doctors have no clue. I’m thinking it is my possibly my root canal that was done several years ago and the bacteria has grown enough by now to cause the fatigue. I sleep a lot during the day and night. I need to solve this problem.

  9. Steve says:

    I maycelectcfor extraction with my chronic fatigue. Can you recommend a dentist in these zip codes? 33071 and 36532
    Thank you, Steve MacMillan

  10. Abby C says:

    I have two root canals that recently have been throbbing. My body feels like I am fighting an infection, exhausted, pressure behind the crown, internal shaking (comparable to when I have the flu), but I am not “sick”. My question pertains to the dentist. If my dentist will extract both root canals making sure to extract the peridontal ligament and clean thoroughly with ozone or laser, is there any reason to not use my dentist? Would using a biological dentist be more beneficial? Thank you for your time.

    • Gene says:

      Hi Abby,
      If your dentist is willing to extract the root canal teeth and the periodontal ligaments, along with the use of ozone and laser, you should be fine. The other benefit of a Biological/Holistic Dentist in general is you won’t be exposed to mercury or fluoride while in their office. We also recommend supplements to support the post-surgery recovery such as vitamin C, glutamine, vitamins D3 and K2, and amino acids.

  11. As long as your immune system remains strong, any bacteria that stray away from the infected tooth are captured and destroyed. But once your immune system is weakened by something like an accident or illness or other trauma, your immune system may be unable to keep the infection in check.

    • Gene says:

      Thank you for sharing your insight. Yes, ideally we want to keep our immune system strong so we can fight any oral infection. Unfortunately, due to our toxic environment, stress and poor dietary choices, this can be a challenge. Neem oil is also great for topical use to keep bacteria under control.

  12. Amy says:

    What is the alternative to a root canal? I’m to see a dentist soon and worried that root canals will be suggested. Finances are a big issue so that’s a worry too. Thank you.

    • Gene says:

      The best alternative to a root canal is extraction and replacement of the tooth. Zirconia implants are currently the best option for replacement. Unfortunatley, they can be a bit expensive. However, if your doctor does recommend a root canal, I would suggest getting a second opinion, preferably from a biological or holistic dentist.

  13. Kenneth says:

    Never get a root canal they are a hidden cause of absolute misery. Had one in 2009 and it’s only now that I’m starting to see the link between it and the Hell that I’ve been going through. Anxiety, depression, exhaustion.
    My dentist did a root canal on a broken molar I’ve been having seven years ago. Up until then I was fine. Not long after my skin started itching and I basically broke down in my last year of college. I’ve been unemployed ever since as the fatigue is just crippling. Was put on all kinds of antidepressant medications that didn’t help. Now I know what’s been literally the root cause all along. My dentist allegedly cleaned it and filled it up. The tooth is now black but it’s not that obvious since it’s broken and who looks at the under side of their upper teeth, right? After all, as a patient, you trust your dentist, even went back for a new filling!

    The infection can be kind of hidden since it’s a root canal, pain is dull and not obvious. Blood worked has showed elevated white blood cell count and a whole myriad of other abnormalities which the doctors claimed were “no reason for concern.” To be more specific: elevated calcium, HGH, liver enzymes. Low chromium, testosterone, vit D, vit B12
    Body temperature is low. Easily susceptible to diarrhea. Feeling dehydrated.

    FOOD intolerances: gluten, sugar, dairy. Never had any before the root canal.

    I’m very confident that extracting the tooth will help me recover from my hellish symptoms. That molar is supposed to be dead but it hurts so my dentist didn’t do a good job, then why go to a dentist right? From what I remember he didn’t completely access the canals on a broken tooth. Asked him to pull it, twice, but he said it wasn’t necessary. I was suspicious as I thought it could lead to infection but never have I thought it could lead to this kind of misery. Been suffering kidney problems as well.

    There’s nerves and veins in there. Basically a root canal is opening up the body for toxins to enter it. Might as well open up the gates of Hell itself. Better to have a tooth less than to suffer!

    Never ever get a root canal!!!

  14. Christine says:

    If I ever need a root canal what would you suggest I say instead.. insist on extracting the tooth and getting a bridge or are implants overall better or what is the overall best approach?

    • Gene says:

      If a root canal is recommended… ask for a second opinion because quite often a root canal is not what’s needed. If indeed you do need a root canal, extraction is a better option. Zirconia implants are currently the best option for replacement.

  15. Maria says:


    I just had a root canal done 1 week before and after root canal i was feeling heaviness and tiredness in my jaws as well as in my head. 2 days before i went to Dr again and explained my situation they removed filling from my tooth and after that i was feeling light. This cycle happened with me twice and same situation i was again feeling tiredness in my mouth and head after filling. Yesterday i changed the Dr and they removed filling and again i was feeling light and Dr told me that my root canal was not done correctly this is the reason i am feeling tiredness in my jaws and head. Please suggest i am still in dilemma.

    • Gene says:

      Hi Maria,
      For your situation it may be best to see a Biological Dentist so they can assess your dental health and give you a personal recommendation.

  16. PS says:

    I have struggled with chronic fatigue for years and hypothyroidism. which my doctor always figured was contributing to my fatigue and bouts of low vitamin D. I was constantly getting ill, sinuses, stiff neck, leg cramps, allergies, strep and even got shingles at the age of 39. I knew something was wrong but blood tests didn’t reveal a cause. Was counseled to lose weight eat right exercise.. you know get healthy and then maybe my energy level would get better. Well during a routine dentist visit my dentist said I needed to have my root canal ( 15yrs old) retreated, went to endodontist (very expensive) only to have him say it was not salvageable the tooth after 2 sessions that it would need to be extracted. I had a very large infection growing and the retreat in combination of antibiotics wasn’t clearing it up. I am having this tooth pulled today and after reading this I am very optimistic to about regaining my energy back. I think my doctor and family were beginning to think my CFS was just part of me wanting to be lazy. I cannot express how real CFS is because I have suffered with it and many other issues I can only relate to this infection that has been growing inside me. I was dreading having to lose a tooth but now that I can have hope that this could possibly turn around my CFS and will glad to have it removed. Thank you for this and will update you post extraction!

  17. Claire Gray says:

    Hi I’m in uk, I’ve literally just had my I think 6th root canal. I had my first done starting just b4 my 18th birthday (Im 36 now) this has been by far the most painfull one. I think it’s because it had been filled… I had it done again dentist ummed and Ahhed to root fill it or just a deep fill, he left it deep filled… had to have it really done. I have hypothyroidism, adhd and anxiety and depression, psychiatrist also said I have bruxism due to the anxiety… I’m almost always clenching, teeth and dentist today said I had a hard bite… my jaw is clicky too.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Claire,
      It would be great for you to find a Biological Dentist near you. I apologize I don’t know of any in the UK but if it’s not too far you could check out the Paracelsus Clinic. The Julian Center in Maryland also sees patients from Europe if you’re open to traveling.

  18. Cathy says:

    Last spring I went to Mexico to get dental work done, just across the border from Yuma, Az. I had 4 teeth root canaled, & now am scared about it. My teeth have always been so bad, & on top on the left side I only have 3 teeth past the eye tooth, & the 1st & 3rd one have the canals done. The other side I have 3 teeth with the 2nd to the last having been removed & the the last tooth & the one in front of the one that was pulled both have root canals. On the left side, the tooth right behind the eye tooth thats done, its hard to describe, but when I use my fingernail to go between my teeth there, its like that tooth is sore, but I shouldnt have any feeling in it. Would I need it removed? I’m in a quandury, if I remove all these root canals what am I going to eat with? I cant stand the idea of a partial on top, my husband tried that & couldnt handle the plate on the rrof of his mouth, & I really dont think I could either. It wouldnt be so bad if it was on the bottom. But, it seems like this spring & summer I get tired so easy, & I’ve always had good energy, & have heavy breathing, so I’ve had my heart tested & have gotten good results. I dont know what to do!

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Cathy,
      It would be great for you to see a Biological Dentist to get a personalized treatment plan. Also, zirconia implants may be a good replacement option for you since you don’t like wearing a partial denture.

      • Cathy says:

        I didn’t put in there, so now I have 2 bridges on top each is 3 teeth. I would have to have those bridges removed? It’s 2 teeth with a false tooth in between on each side. Then there would be no back teeth at all. OMG that would be horrible, don’t know what to do.

        • Gene says:

          Hi Cathy,
          I know that’s a tough situation to be in. While it varies for each individual, implants may be a good option to replace multiple teeth. It’s best to get a 3-D X-ray done and a professional opinion.

  19. Patricia says:

    I have had two root canals that went bad extracted. Another root canal is a “redo” and two more one is next to be extracted and the “redo” aches. My Dentist will not pull the redo. He says the tooth is dead and since the redo was recent he will not extract. My jaw hurts from the other one. The kicker? I have secondary adrenal insufficiency and take life saving corticosteroids. The corticosteroids are aiding in the decay of my already at risk teeth and the dental infections are compromising my adrenals. I am stuck in this spiral and soon I will need replacement teeth I’m afraid.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Patricia,
      If your Dentist won’t extract the tooth, you may want to look for another Dentist that is open to doing so. There is a strong link between adrenal function and the immune system so clearing up any infection is very important.

  20. Amy says:

    I had a root canal done on tooth #8 (front tooth) after a trama led it die. It lasted for about 12 years. Recently, I came down with a bad infection in tooth #7, which just now died from earlier trama. I went in and had a retreated root canal on 8 and root canal on 7. My health is declining. I’m tired all the time, I have sinus pressure on top of my head and my ears are full. I can barely walk because I get so dizzy. The Endodontic who performed these said there was no sign of bad infection. I don’t know what to do to feel better. I want them extracted but because they are 2 front teeth I’m not sure what the best route is. Has anyone experienced dizziness with root canals? I am 36 and feel like I’m 30 years older. I also have type 1 diabetes, for 20 years, and I’m scared to compromise my immune system anymore. I’m convinced my old root canal began to go bad and leaked bacteria into my ears or sinuses. The dentist is telling me no and that sinuses look good on 3-D xray.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Amy, I apologize for the delayed response. It’s hard to know how you will feel after the extraction. Some patients feel better, while others don’t notice a difference. We do know that all root canal teeth leak infection into the body so it will always be an extra burden on your immune system. You can try oil pulling or neem bark oil around the tooth to see if lowering the bacteria temporarily helps with any symptoms. Also, ask your Dentist about doing a Dental DNA test to see which bacteria are present around the tooth. Best of luck to you!

    • S irwin says:

      I have has a rout canal tooth on #9 tooth for over 20 years. I have been terribly ill the last seven years!!! Dizzy all the time with weak limbs and no energy huge fatigue! I’m convinced this tough along with several mercury fillings has been my demise. I’m having the root canal tooth pulled on August 7th 2018 and that day could not come soon enough!!! I could careless if I go toothless forever, I just want my health back!! I will report back if my symptoms cleared! Pray for me I’m so I’ll i feel like I could die

  21. Brittany nogales says:

    This is a great site! So glad I found it! I would love some advice, please and thank you! 🙂

    I havent been to the dentist since a root canal about 10 years ago. The last couple months I had a blister, pus sore right above the area I had root canal. It would go away then come back. Was worried about it even though no pain. So I saw dentist the other day and they found I have an abscess infection that has almost reached my sinus and bone area. Though I wish I never neglected my teeth at all and came in sooner, I am glad when I did before any serious damage that is not reversable set in.

    Doctor said I need to completely remove my old root canal. And get a bone graph, implant/crown done. He put me on some antibiotics too. I have an appointment in a couple weeks but it was gonna cost me about $5500. First off my jaw hit the floor lol when I heard how much its gonna cost. But if thats average, whatever I need to fix the infection. Is this alittle too pricy and will this get rid of infection completely? How do I know if this will fix symptoms and infection for good?

    I too have felt more lethargic, foggy headedness, unmotivated moreso in the last year and its getting worse.

    Thoughts anyone? 🙂

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Brittany, I apologize for the delayed response. I hope the tooth extraction and implant replacement was successful for you. The proper surgery of removing the old root canal tooth, as well as all of the infection is typically more expensive than a basic extraction because it takes longer and more skill by the Dentist. Please let us know how you’re doing!

  22. Katie says:


    Just stumbled upon your post today. Two years ago I had a root canal that failed, the tooth was extracted and the process of an implant was started. I then proceeded to have three infections that antibiotics couldn’t get rid of. It was lanced and drained, reopened and flooded with antibiotics. I finally had the implant put in in September of last year. I now, have another infection and bone loss where my implant is. And I’m trying to figure out if I should have the implant redone. What steps do you think I should take if i choose to redo it? Or do you think it’s an underlying problem because the legaminets weren’t removed in the first place? Im not even sure I want to try and do another implant again, it was so stressful and exhausting I’m not sure if I have the energy to go through it again.

    Thank you,


    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Katie, I’m sorry to hear all that you’ve been through to get your dental implants. It’s hard to say what to do, as everyone is different. Does your Dentist use 3-D imaging? This would be helpful to get a better idea of what’s going on in the area.

      If you feel getting another implant is too stressful, maybe a bridge or partial denture is an option for you. Your Dentist can guide you on available options.

      Other factors to consider… How healthy and strong are your bones? Is there an underlying infection somewhere else in your body? or even in your mouth that hasn’t been resolved? This is where working with a Biological Dentist is extremely helpful.

      Best of luck to you, Katie.

  23. Andrea says:

    I had a badly infected tooth extracted instead of getting a root canal but I don’t want to be toothless, I think that it looks terrible. So what is the best thing to do? Implants or Bridges? Are implants safe and recommended? What are the options? Thank you 🙂

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Andrea, The best option for replacement is different for everyone. It depends on which tooth is missing, how stable are the teeth next to the missing tooth, finances, and even overall health. The Doctors at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry do recommend implants, but prefer Zirconia implants over Titanium implants.

  24. Lisa Osachy says:

    My tooth fell out last week -this was a tooth that had 2 root canals over the last 20 years. I went to a dentist and had the rest of it extracted. He said it had been infected and that I didn’t need antibiotics because removing the source of the infection -the tooth-will allow my body to heal.
    It has only been one week but I am feeling a surge in energy that I haven’t felt in years! The last few years I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, depression , ADHD, fibromyalgia and possible chronic fatigue. I have not been able to work a full time job and have been told to apply for disability. I have been desperately trying to find out what happened to my health and how to get it back. The idea that it may have been linked to my tooth this whole time is overwhelming! I know I have to give it more time but even one day f energy and feeling good is such a gift. I plan to see a holistic dentist to make sure the infection is cleared out and to remove my many mercury fillings. My mind is reeling …

    • Rene Belz says:

      Lisa, I’m glad to hear your health is improving and that you’re on a great path towards optimal health. Best of the luck with the rest of your journey!

  25. cindy kennedy says:

    If the toxins in the bloodstream cause an increase in white blood cells, and therefore a decrease in red blood cells, causing fatigue, wouldn’t this show up easily on a CBC – complete blood count?

    • Rene Belz says:

      Great question. It may show up on a CBC but I don’t know how easily. It may be subtle and since the ranges now of what is “normal” is so broad it may not be detected. I would also look at C-reactive protein levels.

  26. Garath Powell says:


    Feel really confused. I had a root canal some ten years ago. I have always had a ‘low’ key throb a lot of the time, but manageable. One year ago I had the most pain I have ver experienced from a rear molar. My dentist at the time tried to unpack the tooth which was filled. This went on for about a month until I could not stand the pain any loner he said the jaw bone was infected. He removed the tooth then the root canal tooth started to give me real pain. Again he left me for 3/4 weeks in pain. I went to another dentist who re-did the root canal. I am now experiencing dry mouth, constant throbbing, neck pain, fatigue and at times my whole mouth is throbbing.
    Reflecting back over the years I have felt fatigued and have had trouble with my sinus and ears.
    I have felt really unwell for over two years now. I have had blood tests done by my GP and they have come back clear. I have had a x-Ray on my teeth and again are clear. Reading the impact individual teeth can have on the body I can resonate with.
    The only constant in this is the root canal tooth that has always been troublesome and still is.
    I am going to try to see my dentist tomorrow and get it extracted. Although I have lost all faith in dentists.
    I have looked for a biological dentist in my area but to no avail. I live in the uk, Leicestershire.
    Ps. He also extracted a tooth three weeks ago but it broke off and he could not remove the whole tooth he said he had removed the decaying part of the tooth so it should be ok!!!!!
    I really do have the greatest of empathy for going through any issues with their teeth. It so difficult to find a dentist that you can trust to be honest even if they do not know at least say so rather than leaving patients in constant pain.

    • Rene Belz says:

      I’m sorry to hear all that you have been through and understand how difficult it can be to find a dentist you trust. I hope that your Dentist is able to help you tomorrow with your concerns. The Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry has seen patients from outside of the U.S. so if you ever decide you want to come, we’ll be here for you. Best of luck on your journey towards optimal oral & overall health!

  27. Ann Chapmam says:

    I had a root canal brek about three years ago….terrible pressure….and have a bitter taste that comes from extracted area…the taste is always there along with pressure…when they removed root canal it was in sinus cavity…anyway…had another surgery done…due to abcess…then third surgery on extracted site by holistic dentist…did biospy no cavitation….but I’m getting sicker…and sicker….with symptoms no one can figure it out.
    Is there a blood test I could o to see if I have some toxins from root canal?

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Ann, The best option for testing would be to open up the site and then run a Dental DNA report or biopsy report. This would give you a list of the bacteria present in the cavitation site. You can also have your Dr. run a blood panel for inflammatory markers, including CRP, which may offer some insight.

      • Ann Chapmam says:

        I had a pathology report….said bone in the marrow has slowly atrophied or becme fibrotic,presumably in response to local ischemic conditions. A fibrous fragment suggestive of focal chronic nonsupportive a DNA to present a list of bacteria…not done? Confused do I need another biopsy done…did this one only cover the bone and not bacteria? Please help explain this!
        Had salsivary glands biopsies done…it stated grade II in Sjogrens scale..have one focal area with inflammatory cells exceed 50 cellsbut with one focus score it means I don’t have sjogrens but high inflammation…
        What could I do next?
        Thank you

  28. chris says:

    I have 2 root canal teeth. One is a front central incisor which was done about 50 years ago and another molar done about 10 years ago. I still have mouth of amalgams. I have had immune system problems from my gut and I believe from my mouth. Right before I was going to have my amalgams removed I tested positive for Anaplasmosis ( a coinfection of Lyme, not the Lyme borreliosis), Mycoplasma Pneumonia, plus I had a low white blood cell count. I was treated for Lyme disease for 10 months ( by 2 different Lyme literate docs) and felt no change so I stopped antibiotics which I think injured my gut. Now I am being tested for biotoxin illness — which incorporates CFS and Immune System dysfunction.

    How do you find an experienced biologic implant doc in Delaware or PA? I do not want to be lied to.

    Is it possible that most of my problems are from my teeth? My immune system has been compromised for over 3 years. How do I know I will not get sick even following protocols for proper removals of amalgams and root canals. Willa zirconium Implant be safe in the front of my mouth? What happens if it does not heal? What if I get Peri-implantitis?
    I also read they can get infections around them. How do you know if your immune system is up to the task. What is the safest action?

    I have osteoarthritis in all my joints — I believe from infections either my mouth or another systemic infection. I can’t face another huge health challenge.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Chris, I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns. I can tell you that you are not alone in this struggle. While there is no way to know how your body will respond to certain dental treatments, we at least know that removing the burden of mercury amalgam fillings and toxic root canals can “lighten the load” on your body. Mercury leaches into the gut, where many issues like leaky gut can arise, and root canals leach anaerobic bacteria and toxins into the body, which initiates a battle in the immune system.

      To find a Biological Dentist in your area, I recommend calling the Hal Huggins office for a recommendation. However, I will say that the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Maryland sees a lot of patients from all over the Northeast region.

      Best of luck to you on your journey towards optimal health!

  29. Samantha says:

    *I meant to type ‘macca’ not ‘marker’ root powder 🙂

  30. Samantha says:

    I’m so happy I finally got my root canal tooth removed 4 weeks ago! I did not know it was infected until recently. My symptoms started over three years ago with an extremely dry mouth, dry eyes and respiratory issues early in the morning. I’ve always been a very positive, energetic and efficient person. I’ve had an extremely healthy diet and lifestyle for over 20 years. People often comment that I look a decade or more younger than my actual 45 years. It was frustrating not knowing what was wrong with me but this past year has been horrible. Extreme fatigue, difficulty recalling words and memories, negative self talk, isolation and depression. I tried to keep it to myself as much as possible but I felt like when I shared it with a couple people that were very close to me, they just didn’t believe me. That has been the worst part of this whole ordeal. I’ve never been one to exaggerate and I’ve never been a hypochondriac. It was embarrassing that it took so much effort to get out of bed every day but I knew I had to keep putting one foot in front of the other until I figured out what was going on. I wish I had opened up to more people sooner. Just before the tooth was pulled, I hit my rock bottom and I did reach out for support and was touched by the outpouring of love and reminders about my own good qualities that I had forgotten. The infection had caused adrenal fatigue so there was no cortisol to support my normal mental and physical functions. I know I have a long way to go but I am happy to be working with a holistic Doctor who has me on pregnenalone, DHEA, HGH, licorice root tincture and Omega 3. In addition to an extremely healthy diet I start the day with warm lemon water and raw local honey. No caffeine. Very limited alcohol. Beet, carrot, Apple, kale, ginger juice a few times a week. Very few processed foods. The few processed foods I eat would be gluten-free organic crackers or chips to eat with my hummus or salsa. No cow dairy, just goat milk, yogurt and cheese. My coffee alternative consists of hot water, a teaspoon of red marker root powder, a couple teaspoons of carob or cacao powder, a tablespoon of raw grass fed butter, a tablespoon of MCT ( coconut ) oil, Tumeric powder, four or five drops of chocolate Stevia sweetener, A little vanilla, and a little bit of coconut milk, almond milk or goat milk. I drink about 64 oz distilled water and enjoy gentle exercise while I’m healing such as yoga, qi gong, and Ti Chi. I listen to or watch comedy almost every day. I keep a gratitude journal. I listen to positive teachings on YouTube every day such as Abraham Hicks, Matt Kahn or Marianne Williamson. I force myself to avoid the negative news, especially on Facebook. All of these activities have been extremely beneficial but getting the infected root canal tooth pulled was a lifesaver. I really want to spread the word about this “Root canal conspiracy” so that I can save people from the misery that I went through if at all possible. Love and Health for all

    • Romana Volny says:

      Over my life I collected 6 root canals, about 4 years ago I had them removed because 2 years prior I started experiencing extreme fatigue, dizziness, fuzzy brain not able to think coherently, shaky feeling over the whole body. I first thought these symptoms were due to the menopause I am going through. However these symptoms disappeared as soon as these teeth were pulled out. I had Israeli implants put in (I live in South America where they are very affordable). However, I could not afford another implant for a tooth that recently died so I opted for a root canal to save money (it costs only $210 versus $2,000 for implant with bone draft). I had it done yesterday. Immediately after the procedure I got a terrible headache. I did not sleep well at night, and when I woke up this morning the symptoms I experienced 4 years ago were back with a vengeance. I even had suicidal thoughts thinking if I feel that way I cannot go on living…. I could not even walk my dog this morning, such terrible fatigue and dizziness, I could not focus my mind on the tasks at hand…. I will go back to the dentist asap and have the tooth pulled, and wait for 6 months for it to heal and for the bone to regrow and then either do an implant or partial denture. I now know 100% that the cause of my symptoms were and are root canals. I am a living proof that root canals are dangerous to health.

      • Renee Belz says:

        Hi Romana,

        I am so sorry to hear about your health struggles surrounding root canals but I really do appreciate you sharing your story. I hope it can help others dealing with similar health issues. Best of luck to you!

  31. mary says:

    I had vaginal mesh.finally got removed but got infection from it out my skin,up in my mouth.damaged my teeth.breaking off…decayed.really tired all the time.can this be the cause? I had I root canal so far for one damaged . titanium was pain there.never knew my teeth was that damaged from mesh infection.hope others are aware now.

  32. howard says:

    so instead of doing a root canal a tooth extraction of the Dead tooh is the answer?

    • Rene Belz says:

      If the tooth is dead or has infection, yes the recommendation would be to extract the tooth. It is the only way to sterilize the area 100%.

  33. Laurie says:

    I have several root canal treated teeth. I’m having the first extraction, complete with the removal of the periodontal ligament and laser treating the infected bone than the surgeon will bone graft and stitch it up. I’ve had an itchy rash on my body that comes and goes, anxiety and exhaustion. I pray once these toxic root canals are removed properly I can start enjoying life. Did I mention each extraction is 1,900$…it’ll be worth every penny. I start taking a Z-Pack antibiotic 2 hours before the procedure, an anti-inflammatory med and something for pain afterward.

  34. Rebecca staddon says:

    Hello my name is Rebecca
    I’ve had two root canal done a year ago!
    Since then I’ve have chronic fatigue,pains side of the face and under the eye ,very bloated,Lympth point aching,chest pains,feel like my body is not fuctioning properly,
    I’ve been to the dentist,dr,Maxio facial,had X-ray,bloods and all come back clear!
    I’ve learnt that each tooth is linked to certain parts of the body so the tooth I had a root canal is linked to the stomach,left lung,ovary.
    All I want is the tooth removed as I think it’s harbouring toxins.
    They won’t remove it!
    The dr and dentistit disagree as nothing has come back on the blood and X-ray results.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns. These symptoms are not uncommon and many people can relate them back to a dental procedure. It sounds like you may need to find a Dentist that is more aligned with your beliefs. I see you live in the UK so I’m not sure who is in the area but I would recommend doing a search for a Biological Dentist. There is also the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland that offers Biological Medicine and Biological Dentistry.

  35. Henry says:

    I hope you might share the stories of those who have had teeth with root canals removed.
    Did their health improve?
    Did they gain relief from Chronic Fatigue?
    Did they choose dentures or implants?
    Thank you.
    – Henry

  36. Liz Fenn says:

    Hi I had a root canaled tooth done like 15 years ago. After reading heaps on the dangers of root canals, I decided to have it removed as it was breaking away anyway. They did an X-ray which showed infection on the X-ray. So does that mean I had already lost heaps of bone from my jaw? I had a really hard time finding a dentist to remove it the George meinig way. I finally found one who had said he read the book and would do it. I don’t know that he had experience in doing it before though. I had it done a week ago and have been extremely sore and swollen. The swelling has just gone down but I have a throbbing bone ache. I’m sure it’s just a healing process but is it normal to undergo this much pain? I’ve also felt terrible this past week. Just unbelievably exhausted and sleeping all of the time. I am going to the dentist tomorrow to have stitches removed, what kind of questions should I be asking to make sure everything was done properly? He’s not a holistic dentist that normally does this kind of thing he’s just a dentist who read the book and said he would do it for me so it now makes me nervous that it hasn’t been done correctly and that I may suffer from it. He also sewed my gum up over where the tooth was and from what I read mostly it’s left open to heal. Is it bad that he sewed up my gum over the hole? Thank you for your help. I go see him tomorrow and want to know what kind of things I need to be asking him.

    • Rene Belz says:

      The main concern with extracting a tooth properly is to have the periodontal ligament removed as well as any surrounding infection. Most Dentists will leave the periodontal ligament behind, but this is what may result in a cavitation, or hole in the bone. You can also check out for more information. Best of luck to you!

  37. barbara says:

    Hello Everyone,
    If you a questioning a problem with root canals and considering an association with some type of autoimmune problem, please consider a 3 D image. I have had problems in the area of a root canaled molar for years…sinus infections, sometimes aching and pain, xrays continually normal..told I had sinus infections. I’m sure periodic antibiotic treatment for sinus infections and some other health issues have kept it at bay. Had a 3 D image 2 weeks after digital xrays (which were normal as usual) Image showed 2 abscesses at the tips of the root canals. I’m having the tooth pulled.

    Clearly, xrays can’t always pick up the problem.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Thanks Barbara for writing in! Yes, unfortunately an x-ray isn’t the best detection equipment. More than 60% of the bone has to be missing before it will show up on an x-ray, and at this point it is a very serious situation.

  38. Michelle says:

    Hi there,

    I’m not able to find any clinical studies to go along with the stories I hear about the harmful effects of root canals. I just had a root canal done yesterday, and prior to getting it done, I searched the internet for information about possible side effects and about alternatives to root canals. What I found was a lot of blogs, alternative medicine websites and articles are those websites warning against getting a root canal done. These articles rail against root canals, citing information that sounds logical, but no hard evidence is presented to back it up. I am wondering why the doctors who have these concerns do not do clinical studies to confirm them. This would be very helpful and perhaps bring more credibility to the cause. I am now feeling less than 100 percent after my root canal, with the main symptom being extreme tiredness. I wish there had been more substantial research regarding root canals out there, and I even held off from getting the procedure done fore several months, hoping this would be the case. I think doctors do the public a disservice by treating the potential danger of root canals as a rumor, rather than a logical, verifiable argument that can be backed up by clinical research. What a shame!

    • Rene Belz says:

      Michelle, the most conclusive studies were completed by Dr. Weston Price who was the leading researcher for the ADA. They did not publicize his research unfortunately.

  39. Roger says:

    Is there a test to know with some certainty that it is a root canal tooth that is making you ill with CFS? If the x-rays show nothing and the blood lab work results are normal then what? I have had a few root canals over the years but my most recent root canal on an upper canine “eye” tooth I seriously suspect has given me CFS. I feel literally like a zombie. I felt an immediate aweful bloating pressure sensation beneath the lower lid of my eye the moment that gutta-percha, I suspect, went in. Perhaps the dentist over-heated it some but the pressure immediately following was very uncomfortable. The feeling over the years has subsided some but I felt sick with extreme fatigue and stomach acid issues that followed for months. These symptoms have subsided some but not so much that I can say I feel well because I haven’t since that last root canal. Like so many others here, I am suffering with this and people are tired of my whining and think I am nuts. Doctors are clueless and I can imagine what they write down when I visit them on this. Even the endodontists are of no help. If the x-rays and blood work don’t show anything obvious then there is nothing wrong with it despite all the other symptoms. So, is there any way to be sure that there are toxins from this root canal that could be making me ill????? If so, then I will do what is necessary, without any remorse, and get these things removed from my mouth!!!! But I don’t want to go on a witch hunt here and discover that this ain’t the real cause. There is also the possibility that I, or people here, have contracted something from the dental treatment or office itself.

    • Rene Belz says:

      Roger, there is a test to determine what anaerobic bacteria are present around a root canal but that wont make a definitive determination if that is whats causing your CFS. The name of the test is Dental DNA preformed by Dr. Hal Huggins in Colorado springs , Co.

      • Roger says:

        I have read countless holistic dental articles and blogs that re-iterate the same explanations speculating that root canals are the source of people’s health problems, which is very plausible, but inconclusive unless the root canaled teeth are actually removed. Other than the research done decades ago by Dr. Weston Price, where patients were actually cured of their debilitating ailments by the extraction of their root canaled teeth, there isn’t a lot of testimonials from people on the web supporting that conclusion. Obviously, like me, people these days are apprehensive and even skeptical about all of this despite the logic otherwise we would have had these root canaled teeth removed already. So, it seems we all have the same question in common. “Are the root canaled teeth in my mouth making me sick?” Is there a simple way to find out, like a blood test? Dr. Sambataro stipulates in this article that the white cell count will hinder red cell count when the body is dealing with infection thus depriving the body of oxygen and thus causing fatigue. That is a very plausible explanation. No invisible cooties or bacteria hiding in tubules in teeth now. I don’t disagree that these terrible bacteria are hiding or generating from the root canaled teeth, but that they would have to actually present themselves to the rest of the body to affect people the way they do and inevitably be detected. So, can a blood test be a good indicator for root canal side-affects? I also suspect that if a person’s cell count is only slightly off that a doctor would presume everything is fine so is there some type of ratio of count to look for?
        PS. I should mention that my root canaled teeth are fine as far as my mouth is concerned… it’s the rest of my body that is fatigued that I am concerned about since the VERY DAY I GOT THEM.

        • Rene Belz says:

          As far as available tests for root canals.. there is a test called Dental DNA, which tests for bacteria around root canal teeth. The list of bacteria that shows up is typically enough confirmation for patients. Unfortunately there isn’t a blood test that can show exactly how a root canal may be affecting your health. One great book on this topic if you’re looking for more research and information is “Root Canal Cover Up” by George Meinig. The other fact to consider is that these anaerobic bacteria found around root canals release toxins, which then end up in the bloodstream and can wreak havoc on the body. This can show up differently in each individuals, such as a compromised immune system or fatigue. I hope this is helpful!

        • Robert says:

          Hi Roger, just wondering as I m in the same situation as you. Have you managed to extract your root canals ? If so, could you please share your experience ?

  40. Maureen says:

    I am in a quandary. I’m sure I’ve put the price of a new car in my mouth with all the dental care I’ve had over the years. I’ve had 5 teeth removed one of which had a root canal and a crown. After that one was removed I had an implant (I think titanium) and a crown to replace it. I’ve had at least 8 to 10 other root canals in teeth that remain in my mouth. The teeth were then crowned after the root canals. The teeth involved are 4 top front teeth (one of which is the implant.) and most of my back teeth top and bottom. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue probably 30 years ago. I don’t know how the time frame matches up to when I had my first root canal as to when I first had symptoms of CFS but It wouldn’t have occurred to me that my problem was due to the root canal. The only thing the doctor who diagnosed me prescribed was an antidepressant which might have killed me if I had continued on. I was like a zombie after the first pill and I stopped it.
    It is hard to think of having close to half of my teeth pulled after spending so much money and effort on what I thought were good treatments. What would I do about all the gaps in my mouth? And how can I be sure that it is necessary? After all once the teeth are gone I can’t undo the procedure. I would say that presently I experience fatigue, usually have the need for daily naps and often fall asleep watching tv or even during sermons in church at times but my fatigue is not as bad as it was at its worst when I awoke almost more tired than when I went to bed. I am now retired and 63 years old. I also now have sleep apnea, knee problems and have developed a tremor in my left arm. I’m not sure whether any of these could be also be related to the root canals. I would appreciate a professional opinion.
    Thank you

    • Admin says:

      Hi Maureen,

      I completely understand your frustration with putting so much time and money into your dental treatments. It’s unfortunate that root canals are still being done and causing these issues. Of course, extracting all of the root canal teeth is one option, when you feel ready. From there, you could get dentures (which are much different today than most people think due to new research and materials). Depending on how many teeth are missing, you could get a removable partial to hold the spaces of missing teeth. In the mean time, mix up some neem oil and neem bark and pack it around the root canal teeth for 5-10 minutes a day. This will help fight the infection. You can also try Oil Pulling, using sesame oil for 10 minutes in the morning and swishing it around in your mouth, then spit it in the toilet (not the sink). In addition, do your best to keep your immune system strong through a healthy diet, exercise, plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, and quality sleep each night.

  41. Allison says:

    Hi there

    I’m having my root canal and tooth removed. I’ve had a streptococcus overgrowth in the gut for a while which caused panic disorder. That is now gone after a few rounds of erythromycin, but my doctor and lab scientist believe the bacteria may be originating from the mouth, which is why I’m getting the root canal removed.

    The dentist recommended either a bridge or implant -I’ve decided to go with a bridge. Do you know if I may still have a bacterial problem even with the bridge?

    What do I need to make sure the dentist does in the procedure?
    eg. ligament removal – anything else?

    thank you!

    • Admin says:

      Hi Allison,

      That is great to hear you are having the root canal tooth removed. This will be a huge relief for your body. When having the tooth removed, make sure the Dentist removes the periodontal ligament, which should prevent a cavitation forming. The area should also be thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected, possibly using ozone or laser. The bridge is a good option, as long as the tooth in front and the tooth behind are not virgin teeth since these will be ground down to place the bridge. There is not any bacterial issue with the bridge as long as you take good care of it and thoroughly clean it, especially after meals.

      Best of luck to you!

  42. valerie says:

    had a root canal done 2 years ago the last few months i ve been ill with alot of things had every test done and all fine have alot of problems with my jaw bone went to the dentist she took xray of my root canal tooth said it was fine but she said the tooth beside it has an infection and might need a root canal i really think its probably bacteria from the root canal tooth any information from anyone on this would really be helpful don t want another root canal no way.

    • Admin says:

      We are now able to do DNA testing on the bacteria around root canals and 100% of the teeth we have tested have come back with more than 1 anaerobic bacteria growing around the tooth. This is even true for root canal teeth that look fine in an x-ray.

  43. Ben says:

    I just made the link between a root canal I had done a few years back and te devastating chronic fatigue that has loomed over me since. I’m curious abou a few things:

    1. In this situation, would we find a noticeable difference in the ratio of red and white blood cells – something I could have tested?

    2. I’ve heard of people having the teeth on which root canals were done pulled. Is there any alternative? Are implants safe or do they create similar problems?


    • Admin says:

      Yes, the ratio of red and white blood cells can be affected due to the chronic infection.

      We typically recommend have root canal teeth pulled, unfortunately. After years of testing different ways to clean these root canal teeth, we haven’t been able to find anything, which supports Weston A. Price’s work back in the 1940’s. The tooth needs to be extracted and then the site thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected.

      Implants are a better alternative to root canals, however we are finding that anaerobic bacteria can grow around implants as well. If you are looking to have an implant done, look for Zirconium instead of Titanium.

  44. Marika says:

    I had a root canal and crown done 4 years ago, since then I have suffered with my health. Tiredness, ear pain, migraines, black outs, etc doctors sent me to ears, nose and throat specialists, neurologists, and after 4 years of continuous blood tests, still could not find anything wrong, except my anti Body levels were sky high but they didn’t know why. Been to osteopaths on a continual basis to free my head and neck from having 20-25 migraines a month. Been treated for TMJ syndrome, every time I went to the dentist I told them that the tooth was hurting and they insisted that it was fine. 3 months ago the pain got unbearable and they did an X-ray, and yes I had an infection in it, because t was so bad I had to undergo re- treatment for them to get it out. This did not work as the infection was severe so had to go and see a endodotic specialist who did a re treatment again. When he opened up the tooth to get it out I had 8 days of having a normal life again, until he did permanent fill and I was in pain again. Went back again and asked for it to be removed and he refused, wanted me to go through surgery to cut open gums and get the infection out of the bone! With still no guarantee, so my normal dentist taking it out tomorrow and hopefully have a normal life again. 4 years of non stop pain and being Ill, people didn’t believe how ill I was which upsets me. Would I ever have a root canal done again? The answer would definitely be NO!

  45. rachel says:

    On saturday I had 3 root canal teeth removed due to eruption/abscesses by Dr. Koos, MD, DDS, in Chicago IL. Every single root canal tooth I had has “failed”. 4 total and I am only 30 years old.

    He has 3d imaging which showed two holes in my jaw due to abscess drainage. He also located a cyst and abscess in another tooth that my general naturopathic dentist had not found. He removes periodontal ligament and bone. He was the only doctor who would discuss periodontal ligament removal and bone removal. All of the other doctors brushed it aside, as if it was a non issue. I had done my research, so I kept searching until I found Dr. Koos.

    I have had chronic “allergies” sinusitis, neck pain, and increasing fatigue. I already feel less neck pain and more energy.

    Keep searching until you find the right doctor. Extractions should be done correctly to prevent cavitation/bone necrosis. Ask the right questions! They aren’t used to it,,but YOU are paying for their service.

  46. Ev says:

    In November 2005 one of my teeth with an amalgum filling broke and then I had a root canal done to save the tooth. Within a week of breaking the tooth, my back went on me and I have never felt “right” since that time, always tired and just not coping with life as before. A few years ago I found out I had CFS. In 2008 I had my root canal taken out (as well as the other 8 amalgums) after receiving information from a wonderful health retreat in Qld, Australia named Living Valley Springs (LVS). I’m still tired so just wondering if it’s possible that I may still be harbouring bacteria from the root canal even though it’s been removed. If so, what would be the best thing to do about it?
    Also for Carolyn Carr, LVS recommended a biodentist in Brisbane, Qld, named Eric Davis. His dental clinic has a website and when I checked, he was booked out months in advance. But apparently he’s supposed to be really good. Also, I’ve read many times that it’s helpful for people with CFS to go to bed by 10pm, or at least 11pm. Hope that might help.

    • Admin says:

      When the root canal tooth was removed, do you know if your Dr. removed the ligament and thoroughly cleaned out the socket? If not, there could still be anaerobic bacteria thriving in there.

  47. Carolyn Carr says:

    I am very scared. I have a history of root canal, silver fillings and now, 2 inplants. My teeth have been my biggest problem for my 57 years. 2 years ago I had 2 implants. 18 months ago I developed CFS. What do I do now?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Carolyn, I understand that you feel scared right now but please know that there are holistic treatments out there to help. I would like to know, where do you live? I would recommend finding a biological dentist. Let me know your area and I will see what I can find in the area.

    • warren tredwell says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      I’ve only just found your input on “toxicfreedentistry” site today in 2017!
      I’m very interested to see what you decided to do about your health issues back then….and was it the correct choice. I’m in Kingscliff , and have just been told, after all the drilling AND Xrays – that I will need a $Root canal now, NO mention of it before hand ???? I can tell you I was VERY cheesed off. So would love to hear back about your personal journey, as I’m of the mind to have the tooth pulled, as much as I can afford to lose any more teeth??? After all I’ve read on this site??? I hope it has been a good ending for you.

  48. teresa says:

    I had a root canal 8 yrs ago, for the past few years i have had constant fatigue, feelings of ear aches, symptoms that were treated as allergies, constantly trying to figure out why i always feel like i am coming down with something! i then had 3 d imaging at my dentist, and they were able to see a infection in the prior root canal tooth. i went yesterday and had the root canal treated, they filled my tooth with meds. put my on antibiotics. apparently the prior root canal done did not fill all 4 of the canals , only 3… We will see if this makes a difference!

    • Admin says:

      How did you make out with the retreatment of the root canal? If your symptoms have not improved the root canal tooth should be extracted. If the symptoms have improved then it may only be temporary since it is impossible to completely sterilize a dead tooth. Let us know if we can be of further assistance.

    • Patient says:

      It may be suggesting fatigue following dental procedure is from mercury poisoning from the amalgam that is in the tooth filling prior to treatment or used during treatment. See the symptoms of mercury poisoning and/or silver amalgam fillings side effects.

  49. The Tourist says:

    I think you have a great page here… today was my first time coming here.. I just happened to find it doing a google search. anyway, good post.. I’ll be bookmarking this page for sure.

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