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. Your post is extremely misleading and completely inaccurate. You should honestly be embarrassed for your complete lack of ethics and lack of understand evidence based dentistry. You are taking advantage of a public who is not familiar with routine dental procedures and relies on us, the dentists, to support them and help them understand these procedures.
    First, your post is misleading because you are only posting images of failed root canals. You are not posting a radiograph of any of these teeth just the extracted teeth photo. A radiograph could potentially show that maybe these root canals failed because they were poorly done. Besides that there is a host of reasons root canals can fail such ss poor disinfection protocol was followed, a rubber dam was not used, the patient did not have a crown placed to seal the coronal aspect of the tooth, a vertical root fracture occurred, a canal was missed during instrumentation, the list goes on. Just because a root canal was completed does NOT mean there is a latent infection there.
    Second, you neglect to inform the public that “more offen than not” root canals successfully treat infections. If this was not the case then why are dentists and endodontists around the world successful in reducing infection and reducing pain by root canal treatment.

    Your opinions on root canals most likey come from Weston Price who did some poorly conducted researched about a 100 years ago. Later on his research was proven to be inadequate and the american academy of Endodontics has openly addresed this. Your type always try to act like the aae “buried” or “tried to hide” his research. This is not the case at all it was openly addressed. Would you want your cardiologist to make clinical decisions off of 100 year old debunked research, I sure would not.

    I can honestly say you disgust me for your complete lack of regard for your patient’s well being and the clinical evidence. This fear mongering is the bane of society, as experts the public looks to us to inform them and that responsibolity should not be take lightly. I have no idea how you can even put your head on the pillow at night and sleep.

    • I should also mention, the only ‘burying’ or ‘covering up’’ that will occur is when you deleted my posts because it doesn’t agree with the inaccurate pseudoscience that you promote.
      Instead, I challenge you to come up with some non discredited/non debunked scientific research that supports your position.

  2. I’d like to know how to go about telling my dentist I would rather have the tooth extracted when and if they start insisting on referral for a root canal? Is a dentist allowed under their medical license to refuse extraction after I refuse a root canal treatment based on an informed decision based on health reasons and not just cost? How do I find a dentist that will extract the tooth if it is possible for my current dentist to refuse?

    • I work for a dental insurance company and a provider can unfortunately deny services if they want but more than likely if you say you’ll go elsewhere they will do it. I mean ultimately it is the members decision but they can deny services if they feel they can save a dead tooth. I would just explain that you don’t want to run the risk that comes with a root canal and you would prefer having it pulled. If they deny you services, go elsewhere. I am sure you will find a dentist who will do the work you want done.

  3. I’m NEVER having another root canal. All three of mine failed when the crowns fell off, and now I have to have dental surgery on all three sites to remove the dead roots. Right now, one of the supposedly “dead” roots is killing me!!! For the cost and not to mention pain and trouble, I’m convinced implants are the way to go. No more root canals for me!!!

    • The root canal probably was notnthe problem, they failed because your crown came off. When the crown is dislodged the top part of the tooth can be affected by cavity causing bacteria and likely compromise the root canal.
      Once this occurs the root canal treated tooth can become reinfected, that is what these posted photos are showing. A root canal itself is very successful at treating infection if it is done well. But its success is dependent on the top part of the tooth being properly protected by a crown which ultimately comes down to the patient actually getting the crown and then taking good care to make sure it stays clean to prevent a cavity under the crown.
      Hope that helps

  4. I had tooth #5 root canal. Went good no pain in the tooth or gums. About 3-4 weeks later I got a flu. Took antibiotics had a bad ear infection. Ears plugged 2 weeks. Then I got better until I got swollen tonsils and sore throat. My right tonsil is in the right side like my root canal. It hurts to swallow. It healed then came back. I would prefer to get it pulled with partial bridge. No metal implants screwed into my jaw. You think it’s related and I’ll have sickness for months???

    • Terrie T Bruner Says: April 30, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Get it pulled. I never knew I had a propensity for MS until I had a root canal. I thank God I got it out before I died. The old book root canal the cover up an M S. Get it out and don’t let anyone change your mind it is true.

  5. Susan Luschas Says: November 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I just published an article on our family’s experience with hidden infections in root canals. Wanted to share in case it’s useful to anyone thinking about this topic:

  6. Can a root canal cause recurring canker sores?

  7. Greystone Says: August 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Sick for years with all kinds of symptoms wheezing, shortness of breath , sinus inflammation, sore throat dizziness and deep level of tiredness. Saw many doctor and had full work up like three times. The environmental illness doctor said I think it is dental. Researched and found a cavitation dentist had surgery they found a wad of gauze in my wisdom tooth site that must of been forgotten there by the dentist. Anyhow I still was not well .. what could it be. I had a full work up three times nothing. Finally
    my MD got sent to nuclear medicine, they drew out my white blood cells they tagged them a with tracers and then re injected into your body and they white blood cells all go to the place of infection for me it was sinus and right upper molar two of my teeth are dead and third was hurting , None of this ever showed up on any x-ray scans, high resolution CAT scan, panoramic. When I first got sick my Vedic astrologer told me thought I had a deadly hidden dental issue man was he right or what? The next test was the vitality test my dentist gave me to be sure and yes, two dead infection smoldering teeth removed ozone infected into those sites and few days later all my symptoms stopped . I guess dentist do not know about this nuclear medicine procedure but they should because all infections do not show up on scans,

    • David J Caceres Says: December 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Greetings…I read your post and became impress on how accurate your vedict astrologer was on your condition…you see I’ve had pain in my left ear for 2 years now and have gone to several ent specialist but none can find the source of my pain…i have a 23 year old root canal that I suspect may be affecting my ear…please if you can give me the contact of this vedict astrologer …i would greatly appreciated it

    • Brenten Harlock Says: February 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      I would like the name of that Vedic astrologer too please!
      I have a front tooth root canal that is causing my whole face to ache I think

  8. Alison Leighton Stitzer Says: June 14, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I am 35 years old and I have had 13 root canals, some of them are close to 20 years old . I started taking HUMIRA a year ago for Crohn’s Disease, and last month one of my root canals (tooth 15) became severely painfully infected. I took antibiotics and scheduled an extraction. Now this morning, a tooth on the other side of my mouth, is clearly going the same route. I woke up with it feeling too tall with no pain but low grade throbbing. WHAT US GOING ON?! Am I going to need all of my teeth pulled???? Can my body not fight the underlying infection anymore?

    • Root canals, amalgam fillings and vaccines will cause those issues.

      Root canals are a source of infect and i would get them out ASAP. They will continue to make you sick and takes time to repair the body after removal

      • Terrie T Bruner Says: April 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm

        I agree. As some as I got my root canal out I got better and started getting well.. a lot of prayer and listening and following God’s voice and I found the way back. I will never get another root canal or implant. I had to have another tooth pulled today. 3 in 20 years. They tried to talk me into a root canal. They will not listen.

      • Entirely inaccurate

      • I had 20 root canals taken out over1 month i had a little bit of pain and now im on waiting list been told i have to wait 18 months b4 I get them and 12 months to wait until there made up

    • Does Humara supress your immune system? W/O looking it up,
      I believe so , JUST AN LPN.

    • Shelley Says: July 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Hi Alison, I’m late here so hoping you will still see this! Our situations and experiences sound very similar. I’m 42, 10 teeth with root canals- many of them have been treated more than once for residual infection, developed autoimmune disease 2 years ago, now taking Humira as a trial while my doc figures out whether I have RA, lupus or ankylosing spondylitis (and, yes, my teeth are hurting more than usual). I want my health back, but I can’t imagine pulling 10 teeth. I would essentially need dentures. Just curious where you are on your journey a year later. Best wishes to you!

    • The Humira is the problem I?t caused me dental infections I?t was causing infections so fast n my teeth since I? switch to Entyvio I?t doesn’t seem to be as bad .good luck,Crissy

  9. I have a question regarding the root canal. I am 29 and I had a root canal about 7 or 8 years ago done. I am now experiencing a very nasty taste in my mouth. I brush my teeth 3 or 4 times a day and my tongue still no luck. I get the feeling this taste is coming from the dead tooth. Only problem I have is this root canal tooth is one of my fronts. I would like to remove this tooth but I much rather have a tooth in this place because of the area. Do fake teeth look like real teeth? Or is there a better option? I recently read about stem cells being used to grow teeth back. Is this in America yet?

    • You more than likely have decay under a crown that needs replaced. That could be the bad smell and taste. Not the root canal itself

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    • They sure do. I can testify to this,and I would be on one hell of a mission to get the word out. That is if I even had the energy. Right now just hoping to heal and fully recover and be grateful for what fight my body and immune system has put up so far for me.
      I have to be honest though and my opinion is not all dentists and all root canals are bad. I had a very awesome dentist a friend of mine worked for when I had my first root canal in my life at age 27 and I believed it because that was the first time I was in so much pain.

      That was an upper tooth I believe had only one root.

      But decade later when a dental visit to fix a couple teeth that had partially crumbled away in retrospect prompted way too many root canals in my opinion because I didn’t have the pain in all those teeth like I had when I needed the first one which has held up nicely so far. Unlike the two
      That I finally got the last of the two extracted.
      There is some really bad history and horrible things that had gone down at the previous dental office where I had paid over 12,000 dollars for work, shotty work at that I might add. None of the dental work I have had elsewhere done in the past 10-20 years have had any problems or issues.

      I really could and should have sued but looks like another patient of the bad office already beat me to it and I guess I happened to come in and have work done at just the worst time because little did I know I was a victim amidst a terrible avalanche that was about to bury one half of that dental office.
      The other half decided to stay , got a new partnership , changed the name of the dental group and they think somehow that makes everything okay. But it really doesn’t.
      Meanwhile, the other dentist who was booted off the island, ran as fast back to Indiana with his tail between his legs after losing a court battle.
      I hope that man had a change of mind heart and grows a pair of ethics, because if not and he is still practicing general dentistry in Indiana, well all I can say is he would be deserving of a really good ass kicking

  11. Melissa Says: March 5, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    My daughter is five. We had a terrible dentist who let many cavities go undetected to the point where they decided to pull out her second primary molar on top and perform a baby root canal on two other molars, first primary molar on bottom right and second primary molar on bottom right they filled it with zirconia crowns. Anyway
    She’s had diarreah every day now for 6 months around the time the teeth infection started. We’ve been to a Pediatric GI specialist who tested her for everything from Chrohns to parasites to celiac to lactose etc blood and stool tests, everything came back negative she’s now on her third type of probiotic 4 a day they said and still has diarreah.
    Could the diarrhea be from these root canals and if so should I have them removed. This means on her left she wouldn’t have second molars on the top or bottom. I know new teeth will grow in but probably not for another 6 years.

    • It is too hard to determine if the diarrhea is from the root canals/infections. It could be from the dental materials. Losing teeth is bad but so is having toxic materials in the mouth. The good news is that she gets another set of teeth. Be sure to expand the jaw naturally so that when the adult teeth do come in, there will be space.

    • Terrie T Bruner Says: April 30, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Get it pulled. I never knew I had a propensity for MS until I had a root canal. I thank God I got it out before I died. The old book root canal the cover up an M S. Get it out and don’t let anyone change your mind it is true.

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  15. I had a root canal in July 2014. It failed months later. I got the tooth removed. I am still in pain and its November of 2015. This year I experienced an ear infection, a mouth infection, had another tooth removed. I had antibiotics each time and the pain from my tooth infection in 2014 went away when on antibiotics but a while after the pain came back. I had x-rays, panoramic x rays, a CT scan and they still haven’t found anything yet antibiotics are the best pain killer- better than neurontin. What do I do?

    And now I am terrified of all my teeth they all have had work and I have acid reflex disease. I want them all removed. Where can I get all my teeth removed?

    • Faithwillcarryyou Says: February 13, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I was super sick from hidden dental infection I saw over 40 MD and five dentist, hundreds of tests, I had two head MRI, CT scan, panoramic of my teeth. I had three sets of xray of my teeth they found nothing. I finally got smart found an expert dental cavitation dentist for him to open up every extraction site and I had a hidden infection under a root canal at that ‘point I had all ( two) root canals extracted, I had all metals removed replaced with porcelain . It took over two years to find the hidden infection by a dental cavitation expert. I had the surgery done twice because I had to, since the bone infection was reoccurring and this is not uncommon .
      I also saw a naturopathic for five months of IV’s to kill the infection in my body since dental infection can settle in other parts of the body. I wish the MD knew how to diagnose this what a waste of time, energy, money and my life. What a stressful thing for my family to go through I thank God for there support, love and caring during the worst part of my life.

      There are some new technologies in scanning the body without radiation and are much more sensitive. There are alternative to try first ozone, and la. ser if this fails
      consider surgery. My dentist said, surgery is the only way

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  17. If I get the tooth with the root canal pulled is it safe to replace it with an implant? If not what is the best thing to do after getting the root canaled tooth removed.

    • Everyone is different. Most patients would have an implant placed, but that all depends on the bone, the location, your biocompatibility, and much more.

  18. The infection should not have been present after receiving a 10 day round of antibiotics. If the infection is still not clear, another round of antibiotics can be used or an election of extraction could then be considered. A competent dentist would not get bacteria into a partially filled canal. This is crazy.

  19. I have not ever posted to a health-related forum before, but I am having a problem which has me quite disturbed. I had my first root canal last week on one of my upper left molars. I had been experiencing a slight shooting pain above that tooth which I first had dismissed as sinus pain, except that it was going on for months, and that did not seem typical for normal sinus issues. Also, I occasionally had shooting pain that went along the side of my head through to my temple. So when my dentist and the endodontist said that I needed a root canal I was compliant. By the 3rd day post-root canal I felt like I was getting a cold. By the 5th day I had huge painful swollen lymph glands in my neck to the point where I could barely swallow. At day 8, I was able to visit the endodontist to check on this issue. He told me it was not related to the root canal and that I needed to visit an ENT. Which I did and he told me that it was viral and gave me a prescription for steroids. I’m on day 12 post-root canal and am still sick: swollen glands, sinus pain and a cough, AND I noticed I am still having the original pain that I had the root canal for in the first place!!! Wow. The tooth is not painful to chew on, but there is a shooting pain in the area above it and it even seems to be affecting the teeth next to it, as well as my throat. I am trying to decide if I have a dental issue, sinus issue, or what? Who should I go see? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    • I had my first root canal a year ago, then a crown placed on it back in March. By April, the tooth, while not painful itself, was swollen from above and pushed it downwards. The last days of May, I was faint with a constant headache, half of my face numb, nausea, diarrhea, vertigo.

      I would have suspected it was a stroke if I hadn’t felt weird about that tooth (and if I wasn’t in my 20’s with relatively good health). I went to highly rated dentist, different than the one who performed the root canal, and he sent me to the ER. After blood tests, EKG, and an MRI, all they found was a chronic sinus infection and referred me to a neurology doctor.

      Went back to the dentist on Monday instead and told him to pull the damn tooth out. I don’t care! He took the crown off and a flood of puss gushed out, and the tooth had infection all they way up into my sinus. He had to tear out the infected sinus material and replace with a bone graft. No hint of the infection was visible on the x-ray, and it was undetected at the hospital other than “Chronic sinus infection. It’s quite common, actually! Most everybody has it”.

      I was sick with vertigo for nearly three weeks, and the numbness hasn’t completely gone away, but I am certain I wouldn’t be alive if I hadn’t had the tooth extracted. Infected teeth, especially root canals, can be deadly.

      If you don’t feel this dentist is hearing you out, check yelp for a highly-rated dentist that cares for his/her patient’s well-being, and consult with them. The dentist who did the botched root canal told me, “It looks fine. Let’s just wait on it”

    • Hi, I’m experiencing the same thing. Except this tooth has been bothering me for 2 years. Every time i get sick i get shooting pains the tooth. Have you decided what to do with yours?

  20. Gerianne Laigo Says: June 10, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Do you accept Tricare Insurance?what other option do we have if we forego root canal?tooth extraction?thanks!

  21. So, I’m confused. We pull all of our teeth that need root canals? How do I chew my food when I’m missing teeth? What do you suggest for tooth replacement?

    • Greystone Says: August 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      You get a bone graft and an implant. My dentist never suggested partials, dentures because of the bone loss causes your face to collapse. Meaning that for some reason the jaw bone deteriorates and shrinks with no teeth there. Look at a person face that wears dentures. Implants create the stimulation to keep the bone from deteriorating. If you have an extraction DO NOT wait too long for an implant or it will cost you four times as much because then you will have to see an oral surgeon and get a bone graft and it is way more money and pain than if you had it done three or four months after extraction at the dentist offic

  22. It would be really helpful if you all could leave information such as; root canaled tooth number, symptoms, if you had it removed and did symptoms improve or go away with removel and how long it took to get better. Thank you so much.

    • Just had an old root canal tooth pulled #10, no symptoms or sensitivity but had seen Dr. Jelstrup who works by feeling energy fields, He suggested I get it pulled. Sure enough infection on root tip as in above picture. Oral surgeon was a little surprised and said “lucky we got that one out”
      implants are expensive but common sense says I’m way better off without an infected tooth slowly taxing my immune system.

  23. I had a root canal many years ago, in a back molar. This past week my tooth started to hurt and got increasingly more painful as the week went on. It became unbearable. I thought it was just a regular tooth. I ended up in so much pain I had to see an emergency dental clinic. They told me the tooth had already been root canaled and capped and that I had to see a root canal specialist. They gave me antibiotics and pain killers and I see the specialist in 3 1/2 weeks. First should i be concerned waiting so long to see the specialist? I have a week of antibiotics and 2 1/2 more weeks to wait. Will the infection come back in this time period? Also what is the solution in this case? i am guessing extraction or re-root canal?


    • Hi Heidi,

      I’m actually in the same situation and moreover I have TMJD issues so I am really nervous. What did you end up doing?

  24. Hi there, I see this site is several years old. Or at least this post is. Over the last 11 years, I’ve had 4 root canals (1 done 2 times due to missed roots). I’ve had gum tissue grafts, extractions, and I’m exhausted. I’ve been in pains for years and years and years during all of this. No one seems to know what is wrong. Every time I go to a dentist, they xray my mouth and say “you’re fine”… Have you ever heard of a root canal causing these kinds of problems where a dentist can’t fix? Constant aches and pains, pain the the ear and jawbone, and now I have clicking and popping that has gotten so bad that I’m in all new pain. I’m wondering what your thoughts might be. Any input would be so gratefully welcome.

    • Then I realized this form is very much so live, and I was looking at the bottom of the comment chain. Looks like someone posted not even a week ago lol either way, I’d appreciate your input so very very much. Thanks!

      • Guess what, I got chronic fatigue from an infected dead tooth with huge cavity. There is so much what an infected tooth can do to hypersensitive people, I guess.

        If you wanted to check, try tapping the tooth lightly with the other end of a metal tea spoon. The more it hurts, the worse it is infected.

    • In my case the pain started after temporary crown. One week after the crown I end up locking my jow. I was traveling at that time so by the time I went to TMJ specialist i have dislocate my jow disc. Thank God I was treated conservatively using appliances no surgery. Clicking of jaw is not good.
      Its been 9 years now but any time I have any problem with my teeth I end up having TMJ pain.
      I recently start having pain again and the dentist told me that since the cavity is so big he is going to extract my tooth. He said I leave on you but personally he don’t recommend root canal. He said its like a time bomb in a mouth.
      So I am doing what he is recommending.

      • What kind of precautions did you take due to the extraction. I have a problematic root canal with a crown on it and I am really nervous about my TMJ disorder issues for a root canal retreatment or extraction. How did hours go?

    • Many years ago I had a root canal. The dentist worked on it for three days straight. During the last day he was filing, I heard a loud crack, it felt like my skull cracked. I jumped and asked what happened. The dentist looked stricken and white as a ghost. He said he couldn’t finish that I had to go somewhere else. I was shocked and had no idea what was going on. I ended up at a friend’s dentist. He said he couldn’t save the tooth that the other guy had popped through the end of the root. So the tooth was extracted. I kept having pain, the new dentist felt the pain would go away. To date I have been to ENT’s, oral surgeons, GP’s and Neurologists. there’s a little grain of sand something in my mouth near my sinus. It can be seen on a digital x-ray. I’m so sick and in so much pain I wonder how much longer I will be alive. I’m very allergic to antibiotics and I’m sure there’s been a smoldering infection in my mouth forever. I did find an oral surgeon that went back up into the site and found a pocket of debris. He cleaned it out and stitched it up but missed the little particle. I begged him to do it again but he refused and felt I had Trigeminal Neuralgia. I had an MRI and nope I don’t. It’s whatever is in my mouth. What do I do? Where do I go now? Any help would be wonderful!

      • Did they ever fix the problem? I had an implant and it kept feeling like I had a seed in between my jaw and cheek. I removed the implant 3 months later and that felling has gotten a little better, but not much. Still feel pressure and a weird feeling

    • Have you been assessed for TMJ problems?

  25. danielle Says: March 31, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Hi there i had a root canal on one of my teeth a couple of years ago and for the past 4 days i have been experiencing severe pain in my ear, jaw and tooth (seems to be the root canal tooth) I visited my doctor yesterday as the pain had become unbearable and he prescribed me antibiotics and pain killers whilst I wait to get into my dentist. The pain killers are doing nothing for me,not even touching the sides 🙁 And after waking today i have found that my face has also swelled and i am still in agonising pain. Anyone got any advice or possibly know what could be wrong here?

  26. If I know what I know now I would have never let denist dupe me into having a
    Root Canel done, he never capped, came up with some febble excuses why!
    As a result ive been very sick for 4 years.
    Now the denist doesnt want to take responsibility for not completeing and
    Capping tooth.
    According to him its all my fault, I didnt start the root canel and not
    Finish it so how is it my fault?
    If only I know what I know now, the answer to the root canel would be

  27. If I know what I know now I would have never let denist dupe me into having a
    Root Canel done, he never capped, came up with some febble excuses why!
    As a result ive been very sick for 4 years.
    Now the denist doesnt want to take responsibility for not completeing and
    Capping tooth.
    According to him its all my fault, I didnt start the root canel and not
    Finish it so how is it my fault?
    If only I know what I know now, the answer to the root canel would be

  28. I’ve had root canal treatment done in ine if my upper front tooth. It seems fine now but I shudder to think of what’s harbor ring beneath. You say the best route is extraction, but what do I do after having the teeth removed? Get an implant? A bridge? Leave it??

    Also a bottom tooth has recently given me a lot of pain. As I’m pregnant, the dentist did not take an X-ray. All she said was that if it was causing me so much pain, I definitely need a root canal treatment. I’ve taken the antibiotic and the pain has since subsided. My question is, is the dentist right? Unbearable pain = root canal is the only way to go? must I extract the tooth now? Or should I go to a different dentist who would at least examine my tooth properly, can it possibly just need a filling replacement?

    • Unbearable pain does not equal root canal. Determine the root cause of the pain first. Once you have taken out the nerve blood vessels etc from a tooth, then you can’t go back.

  29. I am really freaked out about this. I have a tooth that apparently a huge cavity has developed very quickly…a year ago my xrays on that tooth were perfect…now it is a big black shadow… The tooth has zero pain, which dentist was shocked by. She said she will go in to fill it, but will be really surprised if a root canal is not needed – though won’t know until she is in there. I asked her about the safety and cited info I have read from articles like this – she said it was not true, and that if it were her, she would much rather save a natural tooth than have any other procedure done. I’m really scared and don’t know what to do – procedure scheduled for next week :/ I also already have an auto-immune disease – psoriasis. Right now I am just praying like crazy that it is a big filling or crown and not a root canal, but I could tell by the look on her face that the hope is very very slim for that. I know she is not pushing it just to make money, because a couple years ago – a different tooth was bothering me so much I wanted to pull it out myself… I asked for a root canal at that time to make the pain stop, and after exam and x-rays I was assured that was not a good choice because the tooth did not need a root canal… sure enough, the nerve calmed down and I was glad they saved me an unnecessary procedure. My dentist office also has advanced training and does root canals in house vs sending to an endo. Any advice would be very greatly appreciated and time is of the essence. Also wondering, if a root canal is not horrible horrible yet – does that make the odds of it causing issues later less? I also have extreme dental anxiety already -this doesn’t help. I have had crowns before, and fillings, but never a root canal. I am a 34yr old mom. Thanks!

    • Rebecca Sipe Says: February 19, 2015 at 1:25 am

      I’ve been dealing with a ROOT CANAL – ABCESSED TOOTH FOR 3-YEARS. Then, after reading about this, I’m getting it pulled ASAP. I believe that this has given me so much grief since I’ve gotten a Root Canal, and that it’s played havoc with how I’ve been feeling.

      Recently, I’ve been taking Turmeric Curcumin, a natural medicinal also used in mustard, capsules and packing (unpacking capsules and dumping the powder along the gum) which has reduced the swelling almost instantly and brought me much relief. I’ll take a tablespoon of mustard or more if I’m not home. But, it’s not ‘cured’ the infection. Had I taken it sooner?

      Also, I’ve had issues with metal fillings that I finally told my dentist that I do not want anymore metal “installed”. One day, after a three teeth being filled, I could not shake a bad headache which lasted for nearly a week and lingered on and off for months. Well, either the Doc didn’t pass on my request or failed to put it into my chart. The later, I took upon myself, and I wrote across the side of my folder “no more metal fillings”. Well, during my next visit I noticed that I had a new folder. So, I wrote it again. This time the hygienist caught me, and said that she had just given me a new folder. I told her that I paid for my folders, as I pay my bill that also pays her salary, so if my instructions come up missing again, so will I, for the lack of respect. As I proceeded to tell her about my metal filling incident, she changed the subject and left the room.

      Well, that dentist gave me an “L” SHAPED front tooth, and wouldn’t fix it, so I had to find another dentist anyway. So much for practicing making teeth. I have 5 of them now, all across the top front. Yes, EW!! I just can’t seem to find an honorable dentist, that has beautiful teeth in a photo album in their waiting room, to give me something comparable. Now, I have the teeth that wouldn’t make it into such a book.

      Before all of my teeth issues, I was truly a happy camper. Now, I cry every time I spend a little time with my fanned front teeth in a mirror, or even think about it. I’ve succumbed to realize that there are no honorable dentists within my reach. I’ve hunted for the best, had work done, and cried afterwards, several times. I do not feel that I am hard to please. I just want something called nice looking teeth. My tears just won’t let me forget. I’ve lost friendships and even been outted by some family because of my smile. At least my smile is absent for my last viewing, while GOD makes me new again. Amen

  30. Dawn Wright Says: December 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I had a root canal last Friday on a tooth that I had no pain on. Sunday I woke up with my nose completely swollen and painful like I had been punched in the face. Talked to the Endodontist and they said they don’t believe it’s related to my root canal. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

  31. hi.i just went for a root canal treatment a few weeks ago for the last tooth on my right.but prior to that i had a metal band put around it because i was told i have a crack on my tooth.recently i realized that whenever i chew on the affected side, my gum would swell up and there’d be pain.today,i woke up and it started bleeding from between the tooth and metal band and side of the gum.i saw that i have some kind of blister on the gum.its slightly swollen but theres no pain at all.i’m planning to see my dentist tomorrow.i think i have an infection but i’m not entirely sure.if so,should i have it pulled out instead of leaving it in?there were some talks previously about removing it instead of doing a root canal and implanting a fake tooth. please help.thank you.

  32. David Wilson Says: November 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    This is their way of tricking you into more expensive, less effective treatments, such as partial dentures, or bridges.

  33. Great info.

  34. I have several root canals in my mouth. I got one of them extracted 3 days ago and the pain still exists with headaches and sweats at night when i’m sleeping. Is my bone ruin for life?

  35. Hi, I just have one question is it better to take out the tooth out by yourself? I can not take the pain no more ????????????????????

    • Rebecca Sipe Says: February 19, 2015 at 1:50 am

      The infection definitely needs monitoring. It’s not always easy to remove teeth because of the split roots which reach into opposite directions. The dentist uses pliers, while pulling, wiggles it back and forth and side to side, careful not to break the tooth. If any tooth breaks off, it needs removed, just as the infection if any is present.

  36. Hi, I just have one question is it better to take out the tooth out by yourself? I can not take the pain no more ????????????????????

  37. Nalliah Thayabharan Says: September 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    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

    • Correlation does not always mean causation. For example, most people who have autoimmune diseases tend to have more root canals because they have weaker teeth (inability to absorb vitamins, minerals, nutrients + body attacking itself)

  38. OMG, the Pain is beyond the worse I ever felt…one yr ago I had a root canal on a upper front tooth, and now the infection is so bad, pressure on the side of my nose and face..I am now on 5 days of antibiotics, DDS wants me to come back next week to have it cleaned out…my question is..is it worth it or is it better to just have the tooth pulled and get a partial for that one tooth ?? it seems that I am always having root canal problems with everyone I had..eventually getting pulled down the road anyway…please help me make this choice…Thanks

  39. I have 3 root canals that are all around twenty years old. One (top front) became infected and required another root canal retreatment procedure. Three months later my endodontist checked it and said that the infection has become smaller but not completely gone so he said I should have an epicoectomy now. That tooth is right next to another old root canal which is one of my two front teeth, but is not infected. I also have another infection in an old root canal that he said needs to be retreated with a root canal again on one of my bottom front teeth also. I am in my twenties and already have some problems with my health. I am not sure what to do since I don’t think I can afford the procedure to have them all removed and then implants put in. Would doing the retreatment and epicoectomy be the next best thing? Thank you!

  40. Fantastic post !!

  41. evelynanacion Says: July 7, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I have read that plantain is known to pulls toxins out of the body. It’s poultice prevents infections and beneficial for the one who had root canal surgery in the past.

  42. I had a root canal done in 1995. Four years later it went bad and it absolutely ruined my life. The root of the tooth went up into my sinus cavity and I’ve been suffering from chronic sinusitis for fifteen years because of it. Of course they failed to mention the possibility of receiving an incurable illness from the procedure. I don’t get infections, it’s just constant inflammation that requires steroid medication or I’d be too sick to function. If a dentist suggest you have one done JUST SAY NO, it’s not worth your health.

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  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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.**;^

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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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