A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to treat an infected or damaged tooth. It is also known as endodontic therapy. The procedure involves removing the infected or injured pulp (the soft inner part of the tooth), cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, and then filling and sealing the space.

I discourage root canals for various reasons. The fact that the procedure was considered by the dentist/orthodontist is telling that there is likely an infection in the tooth or around it. When the pulp is removed from the tooth, there is thought to be a ‘stirring up’ and spreading of the bacteria. The tooth is then sealed, preventing whatever bacteria is left in there to fester and potentially spread to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. 

I can’t tell you how many patients I’ve had over the years who can clearly date their medical condition as starting after a root canal. If someone has cancer, or lumps/bumps being watched for cancer or has had cancer in the past 5 years- I strongly recommend they get the offending tooth extracted so that the wound can heal. If it’s at all possible, find a biological dentist to do this for you. 

In the event that there are no other options available. Make sure to be healthy, well rested and fasting at the time of the procedure. Prepare a few weeks beforehand with u