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Avoiding Root Canal

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Root canal teeth are frowned upon in the holistic community. For those in the know, endodontically treated teeth are a source of chronic low grade infection and can create a stress on the entire immune system. Statistically, it has been shown to have a correlation with autoimmune diseases and some types of cancers.

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As an integrative dentist, I have had many patients come to me throughout the years looking for an alternative to root canal. Conventional dentistry says that the only other choice to root canal treatment is extraction of the tooth. And this may be true if the nerve is irreversibly infected. But for many cases, root canal can be avoided altogether.

A typical example is a tooth with a deep cavity but the nerve is still vital. With the use of lasers, ozone, topical medicaments, nutrition and homeopathy, the nerve can heal itself. For resistant infections, we also use Acupuncture to open the meridian of the tooh involved so that the other modalities mentioned above can work more effectively.  If the nerve is severely infected or is already non-vital, root canal can still be avoided, after the infection is brought under control. This may take longer to achieve, but is worth the effort in the long run.

The challenge is that conventional dentistry believes that a painful, abscessed or dead tooth is already a sign that a root canal is obligatory. And in many situations, this may be so. And this philosophy can work for the masses that are looking for a quick fix. But for those of us who know that the body can heal itself if given the proper environment to do so, the integrative treatment mentioned above may be the solution.

Our teeth can protect themselves from infection when we nourish our body with specific foods that keep us in balance. It requires some conscious choices of food and supplements. It may not always work, since much depends on your state of health and how committed you are to seeing this through.

When you do this, you can heal infected teeth, and you may prevent the need for root canals.

So for those of you looking to avoid root canal, rest assured, you can. Always seek out a second opinion before undergoing any invasive or surgical procedures.

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Categories: Enlightened Dentistry, Healing, Ozone

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Reply Pat McMahon
11:50 AM on November 27, 2015 
After reading your post on "Avoiding Root Canal", I am interested in getting a second opinion (before undergoing a root canal procedure as my endodontist recommends).
A few weeks ago-the entire left side of my face swelled. I had slight pain in my upper left teeth. The DDS could see nothing wrong on the X-Ray. The endodontist applied "Cold" -using a spray can on a Q-tip. He declared that I have 2 infected teeth and need two root canals and crowns. I have read Nagel's Healing Tooth Decay Naturally and have ceased eating sugar (with the exception of fruit) and have begun taking supplements and do oil-pulling most mornings. I would very much like to save my teeth if possible. I have no pain...but do have slight tenderness when I press my finger beside my left nostril.
How much would a consultation with you cost?
I live at least 2 hours away, so I would like to gain information before a visit.
Thank you kindly!

Pat McMahon
Reply Dr. Brand
12:14 PM on November 27, 2015 
Hi Pat,
It's great that you are being proactive for your dental health.We have many patients who come from far distances. Please call the office during business hours and we will be happy to answer all your questions concerning fees and procedures. Be sure to bring any recent xrays to your visit. Looking forward to helping you!.
Reply mitch
3:26 PM on February 11, 2016 
Wow I'm definitely going to mention this to my cousin who just told me how every time she goes to dentist they tell her she needs a root canal. Thank you Your blogs are awesome
Reply Mya
3:07 PM on June 1, 2016 
Wow this information was so informative! As an experienced holistic dentist which kinds of homeopathy do you recommend?
Reply tk
10:42 AM on July 27, 2017 
so, what happens if only choice is extracting teeth our??? do you recommend inplant? or dentures? or any other alternative???
Reply lee hart
10:05 PM on August 28, 2017 
Right on!! in 2000 while still working with dental insurance, my dentist said i had gingivitus which needed gum surgery. It was being done everywhere and I didn't want to lose my teeth. The surgery never really healed properly. In searching for better methods I stumbled on a San Diego dentist who was practicing whole body dentristry. He crured all the deep pockets, educated me on the connection between health in the body and health in the teeth. I followed his advice for years .Even now after neglecting my teeth (due to lack of coverage, the pockets are no deeper than 3s, most 1 or 2). Unfortunately he has had to retire several years ago and I have no dental insurance any more. When I go to any of those "forward thinking" dentist, they want to pull all my teeth and put in $30,000 worth of implants.
Can't do it. Question is is there anyone in San Diego, CA who understands and practices the way you do?