Biocompatible Root Canals
Biocompatible Root Canals
In the last couple of years, people have been struggling to discover more valuable information regarding root canals, contacting and asking dentists various questions about how they can improve their oral health.
However, it can be really difficult for a dentist to state something for certain in regards to root canals treatments, since each and every situation should be evaluated according to the needs of the patient.
The condition of the patient will determine if an extraction is required, or if there are other things that can be done in order to make root canal treatment less complicated.
A holistic alternative for root-canal treatment
There are numerous questions that concern the patients before visiting a particular dentist. Here are a couple of them:
- They wonder if they need to extract a particular tooth, or perform root-canal treatment. If they choose the treatment, what are the consequences involved?
- The patients also wonder if it is safe to take root-canal treatment, and if there are some dangers involved in this practice?
Even though many dentists in the holistic community believe that it is the best decision to remove root canals, patients should know all the other reasonable alternatives before accepting such an operation. There are situation in which there is no need to remove root canal.
Patients should always ask about the treatment that will follow the removing process, if they accept this operation. You are the only person in charge of your body, so you should have the final decision. It will be too late to search for other options once you have accepted to remove the tooth, or teeth.
In order to make an informed decision in regards to your body, you should be aware off all the other options available.
You can always read the popular article called “Root-canal Treatment – Exposed”, in case you are experiencing root-canal problems. In this article, you will discover important information related to the “holistic” controversy that surrounds the root-canal treatment. You will be able to make a more informed decision regarding the treatment that you want to commence in case you read the full article. The article also contains a summary of the problems discussed by Dr. Weston Price and Dr. George Meining, in his book “Root canal Cover-up Exposed!”
There are some cases in which patients usually accept the teeth removal operation without being aware of the consequences that might appear afterwards. These patients usually recognize the fact that they will not repeat the same mistake again if they had the option to select between a tooth removal operation and another kind of treatment. The problem is that patients do not understand the complications involved in such an operation.
Patients do not receive the necessary information to make the decision from a position of mental comfort and balance. Allowing yourself to get pressured or intimidated into accepting a particular kind of treatment is one of the biggest mistakes that you could make.
Many patients do not really know what action to take in case of old root canals. There is little valid information available for the patients in regards to this problem, even though the potential problems with root canals have been so intensively discussed.
In the book called “Root canal Cover-up Exposed!”, Dr. Price and Dr. Meinig have raised numerous controversies regarding root canals. Many of these controversies are approved by most dentists that perform holistic and mercury-free root canal treatments. The fact that people require practical options when it comes to making a real-work decision is also approved by the majority of the holistic dentists
The Root Canal Cover-up Exposed is centered on the research performed by the incredible dentist called Weston Price. It took almost 25 years of research for Mr. Price to come up with the incredible information regarding the root canal infection and treatment.
At that particular time, ‘’focal infections” was a matter of great concern for dentists all over the world. The main idea behind focal infection is that, an infection in a particular part of the body, such as tonsil, gums, toenail, ear, or root canal, might possibly spread to another perhaps far remote part of the body. Life-threatening infection could appear even from a simple gum infection, since it could spread to the heart or other sensitive parts of the body. Slowly, this idea started the fade away, even though it was never disproved.
The concern for where the infection was coming from became less important than just which particular germ the infection was, due to the advent of penicillin and other similar drugs used to combat infection. The treatment consisted on selecting a particular antibiotic according to the identity of the germ bacteria that generated the infection. Therefore, dentists have started to treat the symptom instead of the cause.
The political debate among the medical and dental leaders, and pharmaceutical companies at the time was also mentioned in Dr. Meining`s book. From the final conclusion, we can understand the fact that the modern wave of thought has won, but something was also lost during the process.
A simple test performed by Dr. Weston Price at that time clearly demonstrated the fact that a tooth infection can lead to an infection in the kidneys. This test consisted on taking infected teeth or extracts of ground up infected-extracted teeth from patients that were suffering a wide range of serious medical problems and implanting them under the skin of laboratory animals. The results were really astonishing! The animals have developed the same type of diseases as the patients from whom the infected teeth was taken.
Another important discovery stated that nearly 95% of focal infections developed in the teeth and tonsils of the patients. The idea that harmless bacteria normally found in the mouth gets trapped in the infected teeth and somehow mutate into a dangerous form was also part of the new discovery. The resulted bacteria reach the blood stream and lymphatic system and travel to remote body parts and cause serious damage.
The muted bacteria continued to spread their poison even when root canal treatment was done according to accepted modern principles of the time, and even when the x-rays have showed good healing of the bone around the infected root. None of the modern dental schools reveal this kind of information.
When we analyze the anatomy of a tooth, we will observe a hollow space running down the center of each root, called the nerve canal. This root-canal space can display curves and even small offshoots or branches. The canal is practically cleaned out during root-canal treatment. After all bacteria have been removed and the canal has been sterilized, dentists use various techniques and materials to fill the canal.
However, the root canal is far more complex than what was presented above, according to Dr. Price and Dr. Meinig. There are millions of tiny tunnels coming off the central nerve-canal space that radiate through the body of the tooth root to the exterior surface of the tooth root. It can be quite hard for dentists to reach bacteria that reach and hide in these little tunnels or dentinal tubules.
How can we explain all this and what are the implications?
First of all, root-canal treatment should be performed as soon as possible. This will help decrease the chances of an infection and will also make the treatment easier for you. The seriously inflamed nerves can be categorized as the early root canal problems. During the course of time, these nerves go from inflamed to infected, so it is best to address the problem as soon as possible.
Another important thing that should be consider is the fact that calcium hydroxide can kill even the most resistant bacteria inside the tooth. Even though this compound is viewed as the most effective drug from all the modern medication, it is infrequently used by the root canal specialists. Finishing the treatment in one appointment or maybe in two appointments a week apart would be the main norm used by dentists today. Therefore, little real efforts are made to sterilize the canal.
What are the reasons that may make root canal treatment necessary?
Regardless if you have a tooth that requires root canal treatment or you have already performed root canal treatment, you must now that there are a couple of aspects that you should consider
How are you going to replace the tooth or teeth that you have removed? They should be replaced, regardless if you want it or not.
The main risks that you could encounter in case you decide not to replace the missing teeth are: gum problems, bite problems, and/or cranio-sacral, or chiropractic problems. Your chewing ability will decrease as well. There are some exceptions to the rule as well, since some teeth can be left with no replacements without suffering any complications. However, there are numerous reasons for which you must choose to replace the missing teeth.
You can use “clip-in” partial dentures to replace the missing teeth. This option is not very satisfactory because they look unaesthetic and unhygienic. Patients usually choose a more natural approach for this subject.
A greater alternative would be to replace them with an implant or a fixed bridge with caps. The implants will practically mimic lost tooth roots since they are composed of metallic posts implanted into the jawbone. However, implants are really expensive and complicated, and they require a surgical procedure. They work really well in the majority of the cases, but some patients seemed worried about having a metal plug in the bone.
Even though implants are viewed as a good option from a regular western dental point of view, we can`t say the same thing from the holistic point of view. Since every tooth is associated to some meridians in our bodies, it would be really interesting to discover if the implant interferes with acupuncture meridians which flow through the bone.
Capping the teeth on either side of the space and having a dummy cap attached to those caps so the real caps hold the dummy cap in the space would be the main options available in case we exclude implants. This option has a really long history in dentistry. Even though there are different kinds of materials that can be used to create these caps, metal is preferred by most dentists. The characteristics of your mouth will determine the material used to create the caps. However, that happens in case you do not have teeth on either side of the space to hold a fixed bridge?
What if your teeth are not so strong?
What if the nerve breaks down in the teeth and requires root canals? Even though this won`t happen, you have to know that this is scenario is possible, even if you find the best dentist in town.
You should also know that there is no perfect solution for this problem at the present time.
What can people do to respect the concerns expressed by Dr. Price and Dr. Meinig when treating broken teeth?
There are numerous root canal medications in the modern society that were not accessible at the time when Dr. Price performed his research. Most modern dentists view calcium hydroxide as the most potent sterilizing agent which can be placed in the root canal space. Moreover, this compound stimulates the bone repair around the infected root and it is also non-toxic.
In special and challenging situations, all root canal specialists make use of this compound as well. The potency of this compound was also expressed in Dr. Meinig`s book. He reveals the fact that any resistant bacteria can be killed with this compound in less than 60 seconds.
However, when it comes to sterilizing the small tubules, especially as they go further and further away from the main large nerve canal space outward toward the outside surface of the root, few options had been considered efficient by Dr. Price.
The use of calcium hydroxide has undergone various researches. The outside surface of the root, called cementum, can be monitored to see the change in pH when calcium hydroxide is placed inside the tooth. You should know that pH will point out the level of acidity or alkalinity in the teeth. Zero pH indicates a strong acidic level; 7pH indicates neutral and 14pH indicates a strong alkaline level. The pH will become 10 after 18 days, and it will maintain this value for at least 120 days. The fact that the tooth`s structure was affected by the calcium hydroxide was suggested by the change that occurred in the pH level. It was only after Dr. Price finished his research and writing that dentists begun using calcium hydroxide in root canal treatment.
This particular fact indicates that each tubule in the tooth was affected and that every single bacteria cell in the tooth was successfully killed.
Calcium hydroxide also includes numerous other benefits, such as dissolving any tissue remaining in the root canal space. Since all mechanical techniques employed by dentists to clean out the nerve canal space leave numerous pieces of tissue behind, we can say that using calcium hydroxide in the cleaning process is necessary. If left in the root canal for a sufficient period of time, the compound will dissolve the pieces chemically.
Moreover, this compound can also stimulate bone repair, help decrease inflammation, ease pain, counteract the altered chemistry of infection, and kill bacteria. Calcium hydroxide should be used inside the tooth for a full month when doing root canal treatment. This compound can also be used to retreat older root canal treatments that have cause various problems to the patients.
Even though no dentist can guarantee that this is the perfect solution, no other holistic or conventional treatment can be considered as being perfect. Many patients are also wondering what will happen after a particular period of time, even if the canals and tiny tubules are totally cleaned with calcium hydroxide. Dentists have yet to discover a clear answer for this problem.
Is there a method that can be used to test root canals?
Practices such as kinesiology, acupuncture, or electrical acupuncture can be used to “test” root canals. However, we can`t state for sure if these practices are accurate or not. Therefore, it is not indicated to remove a tooth based solely on these indicators.
Patients should also know that new testing techniques are currently under development. Scientists at Affinity Labeling Corp. out of University of Kentucky are working on probably the most interesting test in the present time.
The test concentrates on the toxins around teeth that come either from the gums or from the root canals. Again, there is no clear evidence that this test is valid.
Regarding Biocalex. There are numerous contradictions surrounding the Biocalex technique, which includes splitting of teeth, post-operative pain and strange discomforts, inability to re-treat the tooth again if needed later, and inability to see the results on x-rays after a particular period of time.
It would be a wise decision to opt for calcium hydroxide for root canal treatments, instead of the Biocalex technique. Calcium hydroxide and Biocalex are two different things.
To find out the best Biocompatible solution for you, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS