Why Are Root Canals Bad?

Why Are Root Canals Bad?

At The Center for Natural Dentistry, we do not recommend root canals or root canal therapy. Why? Because more often than not, root canals result in an infection. While that infection may never cause a noticeable health problem, a substantial number of people will suffer adverse affects. The risks of root canal therapy do not outweigh the “reward” of keeping a dead tooth in your mouth.

So why do so many root canals result in infection? Simply put, the roots aren’t fully sterilized and not 100% filled. This results in pockets of potentially harmful bacteria that are “sealed” into the tooth, away from blood-flow that fights infections. In short, it becomes a haven for bad germs.

Rather than write another article laden with facts on root canals (we’ve already written plenty of them, just check out under The Root Canal Controversy section of our website (we talk about Alternatives to Root Canals, Infections from Root Canals, Sargenti Paste, Ozone Therapy for Root Canals, and much more.), I want to give you some real-life examples of what we’re talking about. Below I’ve posted just a few of the pictures we’ve taken of extracted teeth. Most of these were taken in just the past few days… and we have plenty more to choose from. In some cases, the patient had some sort of pain or discomfort. In others, no symptoms were noticed by the patient. In our practice, about 9 our of 10 extractions performed on root canal treated teeth have obvious infections like the ones you see below.

Dr. Marvin.


  1. I have been ill for the last 30 years. Constant illness, chronic sinusitis and various other illness chronic headaches have been to MAYO CLINIC 5 times, anemic all the time. I am on antibotics constantly off two or three days, the sinus and nausea to the point of disabling Could it be tooth root infection?

  2. can someone please help me
    I had a root canal 5 days ago..dentist said I needed one. I had 0 pain none at all…now since root canal, tooth hurts and jaw swollen left ear and throat hurt on that side. dentist gave me antibiotic day after root canal (amoxiciilan)
    doesn’t seem to be working as the pain in ear and throat started last night.

    • That sounds very familiar. No pain on a tooth. Treatment is done and now there is pain. It’s like the dentistry woke up the sleeping giant.

      Chances are you had an infection without any symptoms. Now you still have an infection with a lot of symptoms.

      Bottom line is that there was and is an infection and you should take care of it appropriately. Taking a pill may help with the pain but not necessarily with the infection long term.

  3. Jesus Sklar Says: July 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Sinus headaches are usually caused by an infection and inflammation of the nasal passages. That leads to congestion. And that causes pain and pressure in the forehead and behind the cheekbones.**;^

  4. I just had two very old root canal teeth pulled today. I had one with a visible infection that had been swelling up my jaw and the other one, even though we couldn’t see infection, it had become heat and cold sensitive and was giving me nerve pain that kept going into my ear. I was in so much pain, I couldn’t wait to get these out.

    I started to get sick in college with ear aches, nerve pain. And it led to a lifetime of chronic illness and rounds of antibiotics that never really got rid of the pain. And all the dentists I went to would insist they didn’t see a problem. I really think if I’d had these teeth taken out back then, I wouldn’t have been so sick all these years. I was told in the 80′s that by having root canals, I’d never have pain in those teeth again. Obviously, it’s not true.

  5. 2 of 3 root canals have resulted infected years after they were performed. Now I will loose another tooth and I have to get another implant.

  6. Hello, I just visited my dentist today for a cleaning. I have had a mild toothache and sinus headache at the same time for the last week. The toothache in pain was directly above where I had a root canal done in 1989. I have had these sinus headaches once or twice a week for 30 years and the hygienist linked the two together. My life has been ruined by the severe pain, I have spent a lifetime trying to find the cause and the cure for it. They did a 3D x ray on it today and I am hoping that they will find infection in the root area. I started researching it online when I got home and by the sounds of it, I should get the tooth extracted whether they find the infection or not. I don’t think it is healthy for anyone to have the root canal in their mouth. The problem is the cost of the procedure right now. Is it ok to have the tooth pulled and then wait until i get more cash together to get the bridgework done at a later time? Is it ok to leave the gap? It is the second last molar in the top.


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