What happened when my root-canal teeth were pulled

Can you stand one more update related to traditional dentistry versus holistic (biological) practices? It’s the last chapter in the story I told you in August.

I told you that when I had my two root-canal teeth extracted, I paid a few hundred dollars for an analysis of what bacteria were found in them. I just got my results back from the lab in Colorado.

Dr. Wall (my biological dentist in Bountiful, Utah) told me BOTH my root-canal teeth he pulled were failing. Since then, I’ve talked to half a dozen other dentists and people who have extensive experience with root canals.

You would think that, with all the things I do right, I would have better luck than that. I confess to being more than a little disappointed that a bone graft and so much dental work would be required, notwithstanding my earlier years of eating lots of candy, ice cream, and diet soda.

But did you know that the EXPECTED time that a root canal lasts is a max of 10 years? That’s right—endodontists KNOW that their procedure has a very limited life. My brother Dave was in an ATV accident 10 years ago, where his teeth planted in the steering wheel and killed ten of them. He had root canals on all, and guess what.

Yep, they’re all failing.

Not that those pleomorphic organisms trapped in an anaerobic environment, in a dead organ, are really contained during that 10 years anyway. They’re not! “Failing” just means that there are visible, discernible signs of rampant infection and decay. (Obviously it didn’t get that way overnight!)

In my case, the signs were mild tooth sensitivity, and a blister on the gums covering the tooth. A raging, itchy rash on my trunk and arms that came and went for 2.5 months, until I realized it was related to my teeth.

Have you ever thought about the fact that the tooth is an organ? The biological dentist knows this. It is part of an interconnected meridian in the body. When it dies—or is injured and we kill it dead and leave it there—we are truly fossilizing a dead organism in our living mouth. And we think this won’t cause problems!

So, my sample came back saying that 10 bacteria were detected in the tooth sample. None of them were in the “active” concentration, where the microorganism is alive and well and not being effectively attacked by my immune system.

But two were in the “bright” concentration, which means “heavy concentration of the microorganism.”

They were:

Campylobacter rectus
Prevotella melaninogenica

I’m not panicking about this. Fact is, everybody has candida, everybody has cancer, most people probably have strep and even MRSA micro-organisms too. Everybody has many yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and the toxic waste byproducts of those critters, in our blood and gut and organs.

Believe it or not, candida can actually have valid functions in the human body. In proportion, in tiny amounts in a teeming, healthy ecosystem, it’s not a problem.

The problem is when those baddies get out of hand. When the good guys in the body, like macrophages and healthy micro-organisms, are overcome (by antibiotics! GMO-frankenfoods! Sugar feeding yeast and fungus!) and the baddies get out of control.

Killing tissues / organs such as your teeth, then trapping the bacteria in the teeth, deprived of oxygen, makes the baddies become super-psychos. That’s a gross oversimplification, but a google search on those two bacteria reveal that my own two breeds of baddies cause heart attacks, impaired immune response, and…..genital tract infections!


It’s weird to be missing two teeth. But I’m glad the super-psychos are gone.

Dr. Wall had offered me an antibiotic the day of my surgery, since he knows the baddies are now out, and running around. I said no thanks, that I wanted to help my body manage it. And it did. Every time I think of this, I send a gratitude message inward, thanking my body for heroic immune function during a rough patch!

For two weeks after the surgery, I didn’t feel great. Not sick or anything, just like my immune system was straining. Like it was for the few months between the root-canal “failure” and actually having the teeth out. I just didn’t feel like myself. I did my workouts, but they were tough.

Then I went to my Body Talk practitioner, Ellen. Learn about it at bodytalksystem.com. I have resisted “energy work” for years. I still love things that are evidence-based, so I gravitate towards things mostly easily proven.

Body Talk uses EFT, muscle testing, and more to listen to the body and shift its energies for clearing and release through shifts in various systems. The results show up physically, in relationships, in emotions, and in well being.

I’m not the world’s most metaphysical person, even if I understand there’s a mind-body-spirit connection. (I just don’t trust human beings to be able to decode something that sophisticated. It always seemed kind of…..unknowable.)

But my friend Wendy had been nagging me to go try it out, for years. Her children had phenomenal results, utterly life changing for their whole family. And my amazing employee Amanda felt the same way, and repeatedly told me she wanted me to go see Ellen.

I went, with my rather notoriously skeptical (but committedly open-minded) attitude.

I’ve been several times now. And the results are undeniable. I won’t get into a detailing of ALL of my results. Too much for this blog.

But after my oral surgery, plus two weeks of feeling like I was struggling, Ellen told me I had 48 microorganisms ranging my body since the teeth were pulled.

And she did her voodoo on me. I’m not kidding when I tell you that you have to be OPEN MINDED to receive and accept this kind of work.

And I left there completely WELL again. I mean, I never felt, for one minute, like I had for 3 months prior to that. Shocking. I didn’t even EXPECT that from the session. I just noticed the next morning that I felt like myself for the first time since the blister appeared on my gums and the rashes started. I have not had one minute, since then, of the old feeling of being only 80%. I have felt only 100% healthy and energetic.

So, it’s too good not to share, if you’re open to some mind-body connection-energy work. If you’re in Utah County, or Boise, Ellen can be reached at 801-669-1745.

And Dr. Sean Ulm in Lindon, and Dr. Judson Wall in Bountiful, are my holistic dentists.

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  1. I just finished another session at Dr. Wendell Robertson’s office this last Tuesday. 5 and a half hours later but it was a whole section of teeth. He told me that on one tooth, where a crown had been placed a number of years ago, had bacteria under the gumline and most dentists would just ignore that. He is a great dentist. he has now done two sections of my teeth. i need to get the upper sections done eventually. He painstakingly gets the bad out and builds up the teeth. Lifetime guarantee on them. He is a holistic dentist i trust. He also took the metal out of that section of my teeth. Yay. And in a very safe way.

  2. Robyn, what are you going to replace those two teeth with? Zirconium implant? Also you said you had a bone graft. What did you use? My holistic dentist advises there are 3 options, cadaver, bovine and synthetic. All 3 creep me out, but he does recommend either cadaver or bovine. I wonder what the person died of and what the cow ate. Also what do you recommend for filling cavities? I understand composite is really too soft for biting areas. I have a lot to deal with in my mouth unfortunately. Thanks.

    1. hi, i’m im in your same situation and trying to research all my options…. can you share your experience and your choice/decision in the end? this was in 2012? thank you, nyc

  3. Hi Robyn,
    My husband had a toxic root canaled tooth removed a couple of years ago, but he still has the gaping space and just a plastic tooth insert that he wears to sleep. We just haven’t figured out what to do yet, because do not want him to have metal in his mouth, but we do not like the plastic either– and we don’t like the short lifespan of implants. With the zirconium implant, is there a titanium rod placed into the jaw onto which the implant is placed? Do you know the life expectancy of such an implant? Our holistic dentist is not using this technology yet, although he knows about it somwehat.

    1. Hi! I am a holistic dentist in Atlanta. I recommend using biocompatible all ceramic zirconia implants from Switzerland. They are safe and metal free. They have been used in Europe for many years. I brought them to Georgia a few years ago. They are all white, all ceramic and Lazer micro etched to match the topography of bone. So bone grows into them beautifully and gum tissue loves them. We then make an all ceramic crown to fit over them. Feel free to call the office and ask questions!

      Dr Michaela McKenzie
      Dazzling Smiles, PC

  4. Patti, I have eleven composite fillings in my mouth and they have been good to me so far. They were done by a holistic dentist who says they should last 15 years. I think the material is a bit weaker than amalgram, but it is much safer so I will take that. I don’t bite into hard things and have trouble biting things like whole almonds– I can almost feel that I could hurt my fillings and therefore am careful.

  5. Robyn, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story! Toxic root canals are unfortunately so overlooked even in the community of holistic-minded people. My Dad is a Biological Dentist in MD and he does this DNA test routinely and every time it comes back with some bacteria. It’s unbelievable what is showing up! I had 2 Titanium implants put in 10 years ago due to a bad accident which caused me to lose both teeth. Fortunately my Dad didn’t do root canals on them because he was already aware of the dangers, but I did have titanium implants put in because there wasn’t much word about zirconium back then. Recently I had one of the implants tested using the preliminary DNA testing (which tests for less bacteria than the post-extraction test) and it came back with 5 bacteria around it! So now I’m considering having them replaced with either zirconium implants or a partial. Well anyway, thanks again Robyn!! Best of luck to you with all of your dental work!

  6. Renee, is it possible to let me know who your dad is, since I live in MD and would love to find a good bio dentist. I’ve got a mess going on here, and my 22 yr. old daughter already has 3 root canals with clearly wrongly placed crowns. One has fallen off twice in a year with permanent cement. We need a great dentist!

    Robyn, great story. I’m horrified now to think how much bacteria I likely have from the nightmare that is my mouth.

  7. Where were you 2 weeks ago when I impulsively sought out an endodontist to give me my first root canal… wasn’t even emergency. Just thought I was doing a good thing. Spent almost two thousand dollars by the time I paid for a cat scan, the root canal, the temporary filling, the permanant filling.. and then, the tooth broke .. and another $300 for a temporary patch up. And the tooth still has feeling and is sensitive. I feel like I am in the vortex of a money pit.

  8. Dr. Wall pulled 11 (yes I said 11) root canalled teeth of mine. It was an 8 hour surgery to remove those teeth, remove all the mercury and build up the remaining teeth. Unfortunately for me it was tooooo late the remaining teeth all abcessed and had to be pulled. Please, please, please do not have a root canal done. It will ruin your health, cost you lots of money and you will lose the tooth anyway in the end. P. S. Dr Wall is amazing!!!!

    1. Not sure if you will get this but I am really wanting to communicate with you. I have 11 root canals also that need to come out….I am 55. Years of health problems. Have you felt better since Dr. Wall took them out? Any information would be helpful. Thank you! Madonna Castle, IA

      1. Madonna,
        I live in Iowa as well and was looking into a good holistic dentist. Have you seen one?
        Thank you, Amy

    2. Heyo Cheryl Meyers!

      I live near Bountiful and am considering Dr. Wall’s services on a root canal. May I ask how much an extraction costs? Also, did you take the antibiotics after the procedure? What would you recommend? Thank you!

  9. ugh… great.. i JUST had the joy of chipping my tooth in a li’l accident, which required a root canal and cap. so now i have a stub tooth rooted out w/a cap glued on… I’m not looking forward to seeing what happens in a few years under that nasty cap. the dentist did a great job, but after reading about your story and the baddies in dead teeth, i’m hoping that in a quick few years, they’ll have some stem cell tech to regrow/replace my missing tooth!! i better ask my dentist about the mid and long term consequences i have to look forward to with my tooth.

    thx for sharing your story. hey! blog posts always are better w/pics… why didn’t you post any pics on this post??? hahaha 😉

  10. Hi Robyn, Is there such a thing as porcelain implants? I thought I saw that on your site somewhere? I plan on having my recent root canals taken out soon! Glad you are still talking about all of this. Also, I have a book I have wanted you to read for about 2 years now, where would I send it? Thanks, Christa

  11. Robin, have you had an silver (mercury) amalgams removed at all? I have 4 to be removed and am considering doing this now before trying to get pregnant in 2-3 months. I had a miscarriage at 20 weeks last month and I have no answers other than it was likely my hypothyroidism. I also have a bad root canal tooth that needs to be pulled. Wondering if all this work (even with a careful biological dentist) makes sense to do now? Mercury will still get into my system and I’ve read can take a year to get out of your system with a focused detox plan

    1. I HIGHLY suggest removing all of these issues PRIOR to conceiving. I have two kids and I seriously wish I knew better and someone told me this beforehand. Amalgam fillings alone are 50-60% Mercury… This gets placed into the fetus and while all major organs form etc. I know in my heart that the issues my oldest has is part because of my teeth health at conception and birth.

  12. Oh my! I had a 20 year old root canal in an upper molar that was stuffed with amalgam explode in pain and had it pulled in February. I, too, have had a horrible itchy scaly thing inside my ear and back of my scalp on that same side for – get this – FIVE years. No steroids, creams, shampoos would touch it. Had the tooth pulled and had a week of vomiting and vertigo. But now the hole has healed, the itchy patches are almost gone on my scalp and my ear canal finally stopped itching. I have only one week of smoothies in me so I am new at this. And I am 260 lbs. so I have a long way to go. My question is this: I have an appointment for a titanium screw implant. I can’t chew over on that side so something needs to be done. I was initially attracted to smoothies because I just can’t handle chewing meals anymore. My dentist says titanium does not harm the body by leaching like amalgam does. Does any smart person out there have wisdom to share on titanium implants?

  13. Fascinating story! I’m eagerly awaiting my root canals to be pulled. Dentists all say they look fine ok X-rays but head pains, a swollen neck and painful lymph nodes are telling me otherwise. The most disconcerting of all of this, are the seemingly “unrelated” symptoms I’ve been getting sense my tooth problems really kicked in… Such as tingling and partial numbness on the left side of my face, head and now even my lower extremities! I have to admit though, you really started to lose me at the end when discussing “energy work”.

    1. Steven,
      Energy Work, Energy Medicine is the medicine of the future.
      I encourage you to keep an open mind.

      More will be revealed as the years unfold.
      Stay tuned!

  14. Hi, Loved the article since it sounds like the Hell and tooth agony I am immersed in.. Did you end up getting implants? How do you feel now.. I recently 6 weeks ago had two root canals done due to abcess.. I feel like death I have bags under my eyes I didnt think could be possible.. Today some man in the thrift store stopped me.. ” You look like a high school friend of Mine.. But it couldnt be so I am 65.. ” ugh ugh ugh ugh.. I have been in a living hell since he did these root canals.. I wish I would ofkept the infection and took my chances on abcess tooth death then how I feel now.. constant nausia, no energy. complete exhaustion, depression, weird metal taste in mouth, weird tingling sensations that move around between teeth.. heat on face.. achy body.. I really feel almost suicidal.. All joking aside.. I am no wimp.. but this is living hell.. how long did you live with the root canaled teeth before extracting them? Did you get implants? How do you feel now.. Please respond to me.. I am in dire condition.. and I dont get much sympathy from friends as they think it’s just a tooth..

    I was use to running 4 miles a day I know my body as soon as the schmuch killed my teeth.. I feel half dead too. PLEASE HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    1. Hi Julia,
      i just ran across these old theads concerning root canals because i have one. I saw that the topic of energy work was brought up. I came across this information several months ago learning about Dr. Nelson and his inspired methods of energy healing called The Emotion Code/Body Code. I naturally had a great interest in learning more about how it works. HealersLibrary.com is his site and there are other healer practioners all over the world from his teachings. I am now actively and successfully using these methods everyday. He has created a way for anyone to learn how to use it, even children have learned to use it. As it is taught, our bodies although are physical in nature, are also pure energy. Using these methods can help you easily find the imbalances, or underlying reasons you are feeling the way you are because your body holds all the answers to everything about you.Your subconscious is this very place that holds all that info. Through muscle testing, which he teaches different methods for anyone to learn, and asking questions, you can find the very root cause of anything about you. I have helped heal chronic back pains, neck pains, allergies, knee issues (when all other remedies failed ex:surgeries, injections, therapy) and many more things that are simple miraculous. Most of these issue were caused by what is called trapped emotions in the body that in turn causes a distortion in our own bodies energy field. That distortion can affect us mentally, emotionally,physically,and psychologically. Because your body/subconscious mind holds all info about you, through muscle testing, i can literally find out the percentage of my immune system within seconds. Say i was feeling depression, i could ask myself if i have the emotion depression in my body somewhere causing me to feel the way i am at the time. I muscle test to get a yes or no answer. A yes answer is will give a strong muscle response and a no will give a weak response.If i get a yes, i simply ask questions to find the underlying reason for this emotion, like “Do i have depression because of my tooth procedure, or it could be from some time in the past that is still affecting you in some way. Please go to HealersLibrary.com and learn how this is changing so many people.

  15. Robyn
    Thanks for your story, BTW you are misinformed that the teeth start failing after 10 years. When infected teeth are given the root canal treatment, it’s impossible to kill all the infection in the root. The infection starts from day 1. Read The Roots of Disease by Drs. Kulacz and Levy. The way to recover quickly after they are removed is to take large amounts of vitamin C. That’s why you feel out of it and sick when you are carrying the bacteria around for years – it cancels much of the vitamin C in your blood, leaving you weaker and more prone to infection and heart disease.

  16. I have three RC teeth, 1 titanium implant, and 1 missing tooth. The missing tooth came about when a dentist tried doing a filling on my upper left second molar and clipped one of the nerves. I had sensitivity to hot and cold but only on the side where the nerve was. So for weeks my dentist kept telling me to wait it out. This could have gone on for months. I went to my Uncle who is a DDS and he tried replacing the filling thinking it just needed to be adjusted and he saw the clipped nerve. He immediately tried doing the root canal but didn’t think he could complete it because the location and complexity. Two days later he sent me to an endo and for 2.5 hours he tried to fill one canal that went inward. He reluctantly told me to have it pulled. 1.5 hours later with an oral surgeon it came out.

    Hopefully this is for the best, but posts like this really have me thinking. I have 2 RCT that are 8-10 years and crown wise could use some TLC. At this point knowing what I know now about RCT I would avoid it if possible. In certain circumstances dental implants aren’t feasible do to lack of function since you need to extract the tooth and wait months for it to heal and secondly cosmetic since not many people want a gaping hole for their front teeth. Also money and compatibility play a roll. An implant can range from $1500-$5000 easily and that usually doesn’t include extraction, abutment, crown, or the possibility of a bone graph or sinus lift.

    You can also go with Zirconium but they are usually more expensive, less doctors are trained to implant them, they are said to be not as durable. BUT if money is no problem there are some huge pros for them. Their restorative margin is at gum level making it easy to clean. They are white so the gum stays pink. One piece designs eliminates gingival concerns. Zirconium don’t have the allergy concerns titanium does.

    With this being said RCT or extraction and/or Implants (any kind) are a big time decision and very costly.

  17. Hey Robyn and everyone who had their root canaled teeth pulled, can you please tell me if the peridonatal ligament was also removed and the bone underneath cleansed? Is only pulling the tooth our sufficient? I am in delhi, india, and i can’t find any holisitc dentists around. My mother is suffering a serious autoimmune disease and we would like to get all her root canaled teeth pulled out and my internet search tells me that only pulling out the teeth is not enough and that the peridontal ligament also has to be removed. Was it removed in your case? waiting for your reply.

    1. Delhi has holistic dentists (at least the mercury free ones…I live in Bangalore and I’m planning to get all 3 RC teeth removed. I think I will get this done from an oral surgeon. Yes, Periodontal ligament should be removed, the socket should be cleaned out and surrounding bone too should be scraped clean to ensure no bacteria is left there…check this with your oral surgeon.

      1. Have you pulled your rootcanal tooth?I,’m from Bangalore and have swelling of glands,Pain and sensation on my head,swollen eyes and blurred vision after RC.Did you find a Dentist in Bangalore?I wish to remo ve it ASAP. Waiting for your reply

        1. Yes, I did. I pulled them. And now my doc Dr. Michelle Jorgenson says she has new methods to safely avoid me ever having a root canal again. American Fork, Utah.

          1. Robyn, I’ve noticed you’ve mentioned doctors from Bountiful, Lindon, and now AF. I live in Ogden and am leaning towards Dr. Wall. Is there a reason for the different doctors? Also, is your energy practitioner you mentioned above looking or new patrons? I can’t find her or her practice online. Thank you!

          2. I had a root canal 33 years ago. Started having pain in the toothache and gums. Also having numbness and tingling in gums, lip into nose. I started oil pulling with coconut oil when it hurts. The pain goes away in minutes. I started having this problem months ago when I was given levoquin antibiotic. I have been sick every couple of months for almost 2 years. No one can tell me why. Going to have the tooth pulled. Scared because it is the top front tooth. Not sure what avenue to chose and what will work in my budget.

        2. Hi Rm, Hi AH, Could you please recommend me a dentist in Bangalore, for pulling my root canalled second molar tooth, which is causing me systemic issue like stomach ulcer ? Would oral surgeons remove the periodontal ligament . I am keen to hear your experience during/after the extraction. Did it work out fine and were the symptoms relieved after extraction ? Hope to hear back from you.

    2. Yes, Vikas, you are correct.
      Have you found out any more information? Hope your mother has found the right dentist and is feeling better.

      All the best,

  18. Please Help! I live in the NYC area and would like to know of a good biological dentist that can safely remove my root canal. My health is declining rapidly.

  19. Thank you so much for your story. I have a root canal extraction scheduled for October and I want to be ready for it. Does Ellen do any long distance (phone or Skype) healing?

  20. Hi Robyn, the fact that I have come across your post now only means that I’m now getting ready to remove my root canal teeth (3 of them). I dont have any holistic dentist and I will have to figure out and work with a regular one. Anyway your blog has given me the additional reassurance that what I plan to do is the right thing….Thank You. Hope you figured out a solution or simply comfortable with missing teeth. I will look for your latest posts now…

  21. Eight days ago, I had a tooth pulled that had a root canal done on it many years back. The extraction was very traumatic as the dentist had a difficult time removing the roots. He was able to remove one of them but left the other because he said it was impacted in the bone and he would do more damage trying to get it out. I ended up with a dry socket and I am still experiencing swelling and pain in the jaw and temple that wakes me up at night. Also feel like my glands in my neck are swollen. He put me on an antibiotic on the 5th day after the extraction. I am kicking myself for not using the biological dentist I’ve seen in the past. Is this normal for the pain and swelling to last this long and should I be concerned that he left one of the root there?

    1. Hi, I’m actually going through exact same thing now, my dentist also had a difficult time removing the roots,he left one of the roots as it just wouldn’t come out, Very painful over a week after being at the dentist.
      I was wondering what happened after your experience?

      1. Kris, it would be a small BOOK to tell what happened after this experience. but you’ve got to get ANOTHER (competent) dentist and get that root out! full of infection, and will spread throughout your body when your immune system is weak.

  22. Hello, I have congestive heart failure on both sides and at stage 4. My prognosis is dim and I’m lucky to still be here because 20% make to 18 months. 18 months for me was last February. However, since Feb. I’ve not been doing well and was in the hospital for a mild heart attack last month. Someone mentioned about removing my root canal. I’ve been reading up on it. Do you know any good oral surgeons in the Seattle Area? And exactly what are you talking about when you say your friend did a voodoo thing on you, would you elaborate on this and let me know if there is anyone available here as well. Thank you very much

    1. Hi Becky, how are you doing and did you find a dentist and ‘healer’, and get your issues sorted? I have found one of the best dentists ever (Dr Da Cruz, he has people travel from interstate and overseas to see him & he travels overseas to teach) however he is in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia, which is near Canberra. You could search for his email, write and ask for a recommendation near you, or how you can find one. You mentioned ‘voodoo’, you could try looking up kinesiology and asking around for a good one. After an aviation crash, it was a kinesiologist that got me on a path to good health. I didn’t even know what it was however I was told by medicos that they couldn’t help me any more. A kinesiologist can test you up for nutrient deficiencies. I’ve had mine verified with a quantum biofeedback machine and medical blood tests. I have seen a kinesiologist for physical and emotional issues, with good results. If you haven’t, consider getting your vit D checked. Hope you are doing better. Blessings.

  23. Where did you get your tooth analyzed?? I am trying to find a lab or someplace that will check my root canal tooth… I want to get it extracted and then checked to see what kinda of bacteria show up. Thanks!

    1. After my exerience, I wouldn’t attempt it. The correct tools, skill and sterile equipment, appear to be paramount. I had an excellent dentist who knew what he was doing and it took a lot of effort, cutting the tooth into parts to ensure getting it all out, pulling with the correct twisting technique to ensure it doesn’t break and scraping the bone to ensure all bacteria is out. He did an xray when finished, to check, and he needed to do more cleaning/infection removal. Good luck. I now look at seeing a good dentist, as being a part of important health care, for the longer term and definitely worth the investment in a good dentist as it could cost more later, if not seen to, and even damage to the bone and overall health. Good luck.

  24. Robyn,
    I know this is awhile after you posted, but I have to thank you so much for this. 5 years ago, I got a route canal due to tooth trauma and thought it would last much longer than it really did. About two weeks ago, I was told that I had an infection in the tooth and it would have to be pulled. The worst part is that it’s my front tooth and I was really worried. After doing LOTS of research about extractions and bridges (finding out about the types of bridges like Maryland bridge which i think is best, but what would you recommend), I found your blog and it really helped calm me down. In fact, now I believe that it’s actually a GOOD idea and I don’t think I’ll ever get another route canal again. Thanks!

    1. Hey Amanda,

      I am in the same boat as you! I am 32 yrs old and have been incredibly ill with migraines every day and autoimmune issues since 23. Lost everything in my life because I’ve been totally debilitated.

      Since researching the dangers of root canals, i decided to remove mine that i got in high school and replace with a zirconium implant. Not an easy call since its a prime front tooth!! But it could be making me sick… and will only worsen over time, so its better to do it now while I’m young and can generate bone for an implant and heal versus later after my immune system is totally destroyed.

      Almost 2 wks ago i had it pulled by a bio dentist with ozone therapy, prf and bone graft (used my own jaw bone). It is the tooth next to one of the main from teeth and i am freaking out about what is worse… an infected root canal potentially slowly killing me or if the dental implant is placed improperly leaving spacing etc or if it fails later in life due to bone loss. Unfortunately i won’t know what its going to look like for another 6 months. I pray it looks natural and aligns with my smile!!

      What i will say for everyone is that I’ve had numerous x rays done on this tooth. All showed nothing in terms of a visible infection. However, when the dentist pulled it, low and behold there was a an active draining infection, too small to show on an xray. Could this have been what crashed my body 10yrs ago? Who knows.

      But just to prepare everyone, you may not feel this overwhelming sense of immediate greatness that others have reported. I haven’t felt well and I’m approaching the 2 week mark. This is expected though, since lots of deadly toxic bacteria are released not to mention the trauma of surgery and anesthesia on the body. In a way, i think the more of a problem the tooth was actually causing your body, the more you will feel that post surgery. My body has been struggling for years and has done pretty darn well with this even if i haven’t felt wonderful.

      Big decision, folks. It comes down to a choice of the lesser evil. What’s worse? An infected root canal (which they all are) wreaking havoc on your body? Or dealing with possible implant related drama potentially for the rest of your life? Time will tell on what the implant will look lile and what the tooth removal will improve health wise for me, but at least I know now what I’ve prevented especially with a visible infection.

    2. Did you have any relief? There are a lot of posts about people having their root canalled teeth pulled, but not many responses on whether or not it helped their illnesses.

      Hope you can help!

  25. I just want to say how beautiful this story is… I will share it and share it… please also look up some ayuvedic healing and diet for after toxic root canal teeth are pulled… apple cider vinegar (highly dilute and organic only w the mother***) lots of oral health after and before … maybe some charcoal brushing or if organic coconut husk charcoal use as supplement form …
    To pull out toxins

    1. ​G​ood afternoon​, ​Thank you for commenting on our blog! When Robyn says “a failed root canal,” she means one that is causing you problems such as pain, tenderness ​when biting, swelling of the gum​s​​ among other things. Since we are not dentists here at greensmoothiegirl, please see your dentist if you think you are having dental problems.

      Robyn recommends seeing a biological or holistic dentist. ​http://greensmoothiegirl.com/?s=root+canal

  26. I am grateful to hear of your experience with your tooth and the research you’ve done about …..life expectancy of a root canal-tooth. I am having my first adult molar pulled tomorrow because of infection. I had some sensitivity and put clove essential oil on it……..i had sensitivity when using my waterpic……but not much pain at all. I had it checked by dentist. It was xrayed and they didn’t see much but on exam- his probe went far below gum line and pus came out. I did start an antibiotic……….it was a foreign experience for me to go to a pharmacy and pick up a prescription……..it is unusual for me to see doctors………..I had problems with my teeth (8 years ago I had 2 root canals). Now I understand why it may be better to just get the tooth pulled in the first place because #1-they don’t last long and #2 they are expensive. Thanks for your insight. As for energy healing and that kind of work……….I understand all of that…………..I do that work myself. Thank you again for this post.

  27. Found it useful from http://www.oil pulling.org.


    This is peculiar since there were no cases of adverse effects of OP on gums. In fact it was found to be effective in reducing the swelling of gums.

    After reading the above,I feel oil pulling has cured and eliminated the toxic tooth.As I’m still finding a Dentist In Bangalore.I tried oil pulling last week and then all my root canal issues peaked up.I felt someone plucking the tooth without anesthesia each time I walk jump or shake my head.So then I stopped oil pulling and syptoms reduced with swollen face glands ,neck and back pain, temple andjaw bone pain,nerve pain in my left part of my head.These symptoms come d go after my root canal.One year back they removed my buried wisdom tooth.but the pain didn’t elapse.So after oil pulling yesterday and today.There’s 70% less pain.Feeling fresh d relaxed.Swelling haz gone all-over with mild sensations.I feel great as before.Though I intuitively feel this dead tooth will come out.Will continue to detox d oil pull and in the meantime find a Dentist too.

    Thanks for this enlightening website.

    1. hi rm,
      I started coconut oil pulling while living in bali 2 years ago. After 4 months of it, I started to experience some severe health issues..insomnia, bleeding gums, adrenal fatigue. after numerous doctor visits, I discovered that the oil was vaporizing the metal from my amalgam fillings. I had them removed, but the over load of metal toxicity is still something I’m dealing with 2 years later. I still have 2 root canals done in peru,and not sure if the out metal under the crowns, so hoping to find a great holistic dentist who can remove and/or possible put zirconium implants? still unsure? but a caveat to all those oil pulling, please be aware if u have metal in your mouth, it will vaporize those as well 🙁
      blessings and good luck to all 🙂

  28. Thank you so much for this article! I was debating if I needed anti-biotics after root canals being removed, glad to hear someone not using them. I also am feeling weird, not well, while at the same time I have used my inhaler less than 1/4 the amount as normal since the removal 4 days ago. Plus when I walk, my breathing is noticeably different, better, but it’s hard to pinpoint how exactly, less need for inhaler and I think it’s more stable. The other thing is I feel a little on edge and exhausted. I was hoping to feel really good right away after the removal so I was looking for someone else’s experience. Thank you again!

  29. I am having my root canal tooth pulled in Boulder and I would love to send it to the lab to determine what kind of infection it carries. Can you tell me the lab in Colorado, that does this

    1. Hi Linda Warner ~ I’m also in Boulder and ready to pull an infected root canal tooth. Curious if you’ve done yours already, and if so, what dentist did you do it with? How did you feel ~ and heal afterwards? Any updates or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m so concerned that getting this procedure done will not resolve the infection properly. Thank you!

  30. Madonna,

    Empathize with you. Age 63, about HALF my teeth are root canaled/crowned. All my chewing molars. Now at least one is starting to fail and has abscess.
    Plus top fronts are root canaled. K’ve had terrible problems. Did NOT have holistic dentistry sadly for me.

    Why do they need to come out? Are they infected ?
    What is your plan? Good luck finding a holistic dentkst in Ilwa! Have you consulted the Holistic Dental Association?

  31. Thank you for sharing this!! I like you:)
    I have/had 2 failed root canals. One i had extracted, the other im supposed to have extracted on the 6th but they are telling me i HAVE to (instead of having a choice to say no) have bone graft which is 500 bucks out of pocket or she wont do an extraction.
    I think its retarded, so im going to tell her that she can and will extract it and no bone graft or im going to call the police department and claim im a hostage who is in the process of being robbed lol.
    I serioisly just might do it and hope i make the news
    But what struck me was the itchy rash you had on your trunk. I started getting strange rashes or what i dont know and cant put my finger on a term so i call them puffy itchy raised welts kind of like how a mosquito or flea bite looks when there is an allergic reaction.
    They would appear at random and never really in the same spot and it would vanish just as fast as it appeared.
    Weird!! I thought i was crazy, then i thought i had some kind of sepsis, then i ultimately ended up in the hospital ER with pylonephritis a kidney infection. Thats when i learned the hard way and gave up being a rebel and started to drinl water. A lot of water. All the time.

  32. All implants are toxic, if you have any health problems do not get them. Zirconia has toxic heavy metals. Do lots of research! A bridge with no metals from a lab and dentist you trust or a partial denture is the only way to go imo. I felt great after getting my root canals pulled! I had 2 teeth pulled in 3 sessions/appointments. I experienced the greatest healing after the last ones were pulled. It is best to get them done all at once. Otherwise you must get them all done within 30 days for best results, no longer then 6 months or the results are not so great according to Huggins. And the work must not on the 7 day mark as the body has a 7 day healing cycle. So if you get the work done on Monday, then the next appointment should be done on any other day of the week and so forth. Also get an ozone machine and a shower water pic for best cleaning results. Good luck everyone! 🙂 Your health is your greatest wealth! You will quickly get used to your new mouth and can start focusing back on what is most important in your life! 🙂

    1. You are an idiot, imagine7, as all area most of the rest of you. I went to a holistic dentist by the name of Dr. Thomas (Tom) Gent of Sola Dental in Austin, TX. I’ve always had troubled teeth and he talked me out of most of them, especially the root-canaled ones. Guess what? I didn’t feel any better afterwards, and because he failed so miserably at extractions and implants, I ended up with holes all over my jaw and was disfigured and unable to chew for 18 months. He has been under investigation for over a year with the state dental board and we’re into a lawsuit for my injuries. This guy was doing shady things with controlled substance prescriptions, recommending unnecessary procedures, and botching procedures…the list goes on. Just because someone is holistic doesn’t mean they’re a better provider, or a even a good person. He lied and even altered dental records to cover his butt. Once you pull teeth, you end up with major bone loss. A bridge is NOT the answer after that…your jaw will just start to crumble and your teeth will move over time. Do you want to look like an old person? That’s what I looked like after Gent took most of my teeth and I had to wait for reconstructive surgeries. Once you lose teeth, it’s game over. I would give anything to have my root-canaled teeth back. I had NO problems with them…no pain, no sensitivity, no infection. Gent took them for the money. Creep.

  33. I had a root canal extraction as I had throbing pain for months and had failed..I had it removed by an oral surgeon and was in pain for several days after the extraction..I did take the amoxicillin and ibuprofen given to me after the surgery but was still in excruciating pain about a week later..I had a dry socket which is just a hole with no blood clot to protect the site therefore exposing the tissue and bone and got infected..I resulted to an old remedy given to me by my wife..I was desperate and was going to try anything..it is called CLOVE OIL ..what a miracle of a product, it numbed the tissues in the extraction area and I feel killed the infection. I was OK an hour after applying it with a qtip..believe me if u have a dry socket and it hursts clove oil is the way to go..

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