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What Happened When My Root-Canal Teeth Were Pulled


Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Updated: September 27, 2019 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links


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When I had two root canal teeth extracted by my biological dentist, I paid a few hundred dollars for an analysis of what bacteria were found in these “dead” teeth. I want to tell you what I learned when got my results back from the lab in Colorado.

Weighing a Root Canal VS Extraction

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Why My Root Canal Failed

My holistic dentist had told me previously that both of my root-canal teeth were failing.1 Since then, I’ve talked to half a dozen other dentists and people who have extensive experience with root canals about why root canals fail.

Dental Damage from Earlier Years

You would think that with all the good health habits I have, I would have better luck with my teeth. 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.

All Root Canals Fail Years Later

But did you know that the EXPECTED time that a root canal lasts is a max of ten years? That’s right—endodontists KNOW that their procedure has a very limited life.

My brother Dave was in an ATV accident where his teeth planted in the steering wheel and killed ten of them. He had root canals on all of them, and guess what happened ten years later?

Yep, they were all failing.

Signs of Root Canal Infection

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Sensitivity, blisters on the gum, pain, and even rashes can indicated a failed root canal.

But what about those first ten years? Are those pleomorphic organisms trapped in an anaerobic environment, in a dead organ, really contained during that time? Answer: no, they’re not! “Failing” just means that there are visible, discernible signs of rampant infection and decay. Teeth don’t get that way overnight! When a root canal infection is obvious, you can be sure the problem has existed for quite some time.

Failed Root Canal Symptoms

In my case, the signs of infection were mild tooth sensitivity and a blister on the gums covering the tooth. I also had 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.

Sick & Tired? Dental Work May be the Culprit

What Happens to the Root Canaled Tooth?

Have you ever thought about the fact that the tooth is an organ? Biological dentists know this. Each tooth is part of an interconnected meridian in the body. When you decide to keep a dead tooth in your mouth through a root canal, you are truly fossilizing a dead organism in your living mouth. How can we think this won’t cause problems?!

Bacteria Found in the Samples

My test results 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.”

The two most worrying bacteria were:

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Getting your tooth tested with a bacteria sample can show if your root canal is infected.

Different Bacteria in the Body

I didn’t panic about this. The fact is, everybody has candida (a parasitic fungi like yeast), 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 their blood and guts and organs.

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

When Should You Worry About the Bacteria?

The problem is when those baddies get out of hand, when the good guys in the body, like macrophages and healthy microorganisms, 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 infections!2

Shudder.

After the Root Canal Tooth Extraction

It was weird to be missing two teeth for a while, but I was glad to be rid of the super-psychos.

The dentist offered me an antibiotic the day of my surgery, since he knew the baddies were 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!

What was the experience like if you’ve ever had a root canal? If you could choose, would you have a root canal or have the tooth extracted? Share your story in the comments section below.

Up Next: How To Find A Good Biological Dentist: 10 Questions To Ask

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Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

 

 

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Sources

  1. Zehnder, Matthias, and Georgios N Belibasakis. “On the Dynamics of Root Canal Infections-What We Understand and What We Don’t.” Virulence, Taylor & Francis, 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4601489/.
  2. Georgalas, C., Kanagalingam, J., Zainal, A., Ahmed, H., Singh, A., & Patel, K. S. (2002). The Association between Periodontal Disease and Peritonsillar Infection: A Prospective Study. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery126(1), 91–94. https://doi.org/10.1067/mhn.2002.121318

 

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 23, 2012 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Posted in: Dental Health, Detox, Health Concerns, Holistic Care

350 thoughts on “What Happened When My Root-Canal Teeth Were Pulled”

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  1. Deborah Moote says:

    My far back bottom left molar has a crown and root canal. The tooth is vertically cracked to the bone and must be extracted. Should I go to my dentist or an oral surgeon? Should I have it prepped for an implant, or just leave it? I really need advice please.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      The best advice would be to find a holistic or biologic dentist near you for their evaluation.

    2. Shruti Kumar says:

      Hi guys . so i got 3rd rct in a tooth front tooth and fell and broke as a child . Now dentist did not find a problem in xray but same rct tooth was hurting and immediately after brushing or listerine it would subside . So i knew something is wrong . Plus two teeth surrounding the rct teeth got cavity . And no other cavity since 10 years .And now dentist says i might need rct in that cavity too . i got scared to death . Here i am trying to get rid of them .. i searched all my health conditons ad found a link . while writing this comment i have chronic knee pain and gerd which developed last year when the rct teeth got bad i assume. H pylori detected in my blood at age 22 . Linked to root canals .neck pain and knee pain are worse Than before . Insulin resistance. pre diabetic. chronic fatigue which is worse now . with so much work i end up in tears at times . I need help guys . I feel so stupid going in for 3rd rct on same tooth . i was not able to find bio dentist in my country and teeth pain needed to be addressed
      . At this point i get head aches neck pains gerd and knee pain alomg with teeth pain . What are my options ? These are my front teeth .

      1. Shruti says:

        I am not crazy as dentists here think I am Linking rct to diseased . I was healthy child. immediately after first rct around age 12, i got chronic throat infection for years . second rct on same tooth . so see rct fails. and i have chronic knee pain in just left leg . h pylori . neck pain since i am around 19-20. and its worse now with new conditions cropping up . and teeth being bad around same time . My head hurts . I want this thing out . please help with dentist or if i can check . Thinking of going to a very good ayurvedic doctor I got to know of , to restore good health . But what do i do with these failed rct teeth . i dont believe i actually got 3 rd re-rct today on same teeth. I was desperate and wanted to protect other teeths which surely had some impact due to failed rct . No other cavities in years 10 to be precise , just two surrounding rct teeth .With good oral hygeine I am not able to place what went wrong other than the failed rct … Plus why adjacent two and no others . And new health issues i never had in this last one year . Where can I find a bio dentist . What is best option to restore teeth post extraction . I am willing to travel a little. I want my health back .

    3. Caro says:

      This happened to me and I had an oral surgeon removed the crown and root canal for me. Due to financial issues I wont get an implant but I will get a bridge. I hope this helps.

    4. Tara says:

      Please go to YouTube and run a search for lectures and interviews by Dr. Thomas Levy. He explains in a number of videos why root canal-treated teeth are toxic and also explains that implants are also problematic in many cases.

      Some argue that implants can be useful if enough time is left after the extraction to allow the bone to heal fully. Unfortunately most implants are done way too early.

      Another issue is that it is difficult for the implants to be fully sterile, so implants can also harbor bacteria and so on (though not to the degree of root-canal-treated teeth, which harbor the bacteria, etc. inside the tubules, which no longer have access to the body’s natural immunity system).

      Anyway, don’t listen to me, listen to Dr. Thomas Levy. You’ll have a much better idea what to do after you watch 10 of his videos.

      1. Badjek says:

        I had a root canal year 2011, and now 2019 it hurts and got infected, idecided for extraction!!! I also had itchy skin prior to the infection specially on my tummy and ankle

    5. Laura says:

      Deborah, I’m in the same boat as you. I have a bottom right molar (second from back) that had a root canal done in 2008. In 2017, it was retreated. I suffered from pain on and off for years with it. The retreatment was horrible and I will never do that again. Now 2 years later, I’m back to having sensitivity and I will have it removed but A) do I go to my normal dentist or the endodontist? and B) do I go for an implant? I am so confused and frustrated…

  2. It definitely needs a big heart to say no to the antibiotics that the doctor has offered, cause the pain after the wisdom tooth removal is humongous. And yeah thanks for sharing your story among us, it definitely help people who are looking for wisdom tooth removal.

  3. Carol Lloyd says:

    Hi Rose, I found the link to order the kit for the bacterial testing. They will send it to Canada. Does anyone have a promo code for it. At $400 USA that works out to over $500 Canadian. Thanks

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      That’s great Carol, which company did you find that will ship to Canada?

      1. Carol Lloyd says:

        Rose, I spoke to DNA Connections. They were great!! My chiropractor actually uses them for Lymes disease testing.
        Now I have to go to the dentist who is pulling the root canaled tooth and hoping he will agree to the testing. My daughter is a dental assistant and says all teeth now are disposed of by the dentist and does not give them to patient’s.
        I did find a dentist who uses ozone therapy. But I have a huge fear of dentist’s and it doesn’t make sense to go to 3 different dentists for this. The one who is pulling will do the implants if I get brave enough and come up with the money.
        As a note my daughter told me when they do root canals they use Formaldehyde in the tooth which can’t be good for you.

  4. John Buckner says:

    1 week later!
    I FEEL SÒOOOOOOOO
    MUCH BETTER! UNBELIEVABLE!
    My body no longer hurts EVERYWHERE! in just 1 WEEK!!!!!
    we really all need to be a voice for this problem. ROOT CANALS ARE NOT OK. I am living proof.
    THE END.

    1. Minda Johnson says:

      wow!! I am really starting to look into this as a possible cause for many health problems I’ve been having. I’ve had 2 surgeries on root canal tooth and it still hurts and moves around in my head.

    2. Amanda says:

      Thank you, as I am having an old ‘2008’ rct extraction tomorrow and am do feared that it may be a bad decision (meaning years of pain) like the tct has caused me. I was young when I had the rct and was lead to believe that it was the best decision for me, when it fact I had rxtreme pain 6 months after and now 11 yrs since!!

      1. charlotte says:

        how did your extraction go? did you get sedation?i am thinking about getting my root canal with amalgam and a gold crown removed very soon i have told it has been infected although i cannot feel any pain. I really hope it went well for you x

    3. Jeremy Burch says:

      Hey John just curious what you had done to fix your problem? I had a root canal done 20 years ago and want to get it taken care of.

  5. Nora says:

    I had my first root canal in 2004. Iwas just 9 at the time. It started failing 3 years after I did it. I took good care of my oral hygiene but it finally went bad in 2011! Since then I wanted to pull it off but I couldn’t find a dentist who agreed to do so. I still have that tooth & I am suffering from a lot of health issues since 2011. It started with recurring cough & cold issues followed by acid reflux & migranes. Now I am hypothyroidic have symptoms of RA. I’m so confused… Pls help me with advices.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Nora, Did they say why they would not remove it? Can you find a holistic dentist near you? https://greensmoothiegirl.com/healthymouth/getlist/

    2. Shruti Kumar says:

      Hey . Need to discuss and seek some guodance from you . Have two root canal teeth. Want to get those removed .

      Please WhatsApp on +919893289168.

      1. Rose Butler GSG says:

        Hi Shruti, as we are not medical professionals we cannot diagnose, treat or prescribe for any specific condition. Please refer to a holistic dentist in your area.

        1. Lorena Lara says:

          Holistic dentist in Clovis Ca

  6. Pauline Law Yui Wan says:

    Having watched Root Cause on Netflix (before it was taken off with pressure from the ADA etc) I checked with a dental clinic in my country that had 3D cone x ray facility to find I had 4 of my root canal teeth infected…..I had been having various health issues and decided to have them pulled……to be honest I felt so much better afterwards. I have now just read ‘The Toxic Tooth’ by Robert Kulacz and Thomas E. Levy……again a real eye-opener about the toxicity of root canals and cavitations. Sadly root canal treatment is huge business and the ADA and other Associations will do all they can to discredit anyone whose work establishes the connection between root canal-treated teeth and systemic diseases. BAN ROOT CANALS.

  7. Heather says:

    I can not afford to have my two root canal teeth pulled and implants put in right now. Is there anything you can do to help lessen the effects of the leaking toxins?
    Thank you!!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Heather, you can do a lot to help your body eliminate the toxins. Oil Pulling is an inexpensive, quick idea to start implementing. You can also build your immune system by incorporating some of the Immune Boosting supplements Robyn recommends, detox your body by doing Robyn’s 26 day detox which helps remove heavy metals and many other toxins from the body, and then introduce clean eating as in her 12 Steps to Whole Food Plan. Here are a few links to Robyn’s FREE Mini Video Masterclasses for you to look at. They are great places to start!! https://greensmoothiegirl.com/immuneboost/ https://greensmoothiegirl.com/detoxsecrets/ https://greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps/accessnow/

  8. Emily says:

    Is it safe to have root canal extraction from regular dentist? I am senior citizen and am on Medicaid and live in a small town.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Emily, of course… you have to do what is best for you and where you live etc!!

  9. Ami says:

    To be honest, I am and was a bit skeptical about the science behind this. From what I’ve heard (and I’ve done extensive research), there is no scientific evidence to link root canals to any illness. However, being the very paranoid person I am, I’m still considering getting my root canal (2nd molar) extracted, but my wisdom teeth are also starting to grow out, pushing against it. I’m thinking of pulling the root canal molar and hopefully having the wisdom tooth replace it, but I was told this may be impossible because my wisdom teeth are growing at an angle into the tooth. I’m thinking perhaps by having the open space from extracting the root canal molar may give the wisdom tooth more room to grow into that space and straighten out, but I have no idea if that would actually work. Also, straightening and moving the wisdom tooth to the empty spot may make that area prone to more infection and cost a ton more, so does anyone have any opinion as to what I should do?

    Also, is there a difference in the end result of having a root canal tooth extracted and having a normal tooth extracted? As in, would the extracted root canal site be more prone to infection, missing nerves, etc? Thanks!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Ami, all good questions. These would be best answered by a holistic dentist.

    2. Anna Green says:

      Ami, it is best to have your wisdom teeth removed. Mine were pushing against my other teeth and I kerpt on getting gum infections there. So the dentist tooth them out but that was in 1992 but I have never regretted having them extracted. Most people have had their wisdom teeth out because they cause a lot of problems and you can’t do anything with them. They cannot be filled and they make the other teeth hurt.

  10. Anna Green says:

    I have just extracted 2 of my top teeth, both my top premolar and my top canine or eye tooth on the top right hand side of my mouth myself last night after months of pain. Because I could not find any dentist willing to take them out. They were hurting badly but the dentists I saw wanted me to have root canals, which I did not want as I am frightened of the side effects. So I had to extract the teeth myself. I did this by first putting Oralgel(benezane) gel which is a local anesthetic gel you can by over the counter, on my gums to numb them. Then I pulled both teeth out with pilers.
    Yes it hurt when I did it as the gel only numbs the gums not the tooth but I got both of them out tooth and all without leaving any behind. But this is not the first time I have had to do it.

    Last year I had to pull 2 other teeth my 2nd molar on the top left and my other premolar on the top right because a dentist I went to botched the tooth extraction of my first molar on my top right and the pre molar next to it was loose and no one would take it out. And they wouldn’t take out the 2nd molar either. So I had to extract them myself. I now don’t have any biting teeth on my top right hand side so I will probably have to get dentures when my gums heal. But I would rather have false teeth than a root canal which I cannot afford anyway. I won’t have implants because one dentist said I have bone reduction so I think my jaw might be too sensitive for those. So hopefully I will get denture so I will be able to crew hard foods again.

  11. Anna Green says:

    I am in the UK BTW and over here most dentists prefer to save the tooth by doing a Root Canal rather than extract them. But I am very worried about having a RC incase I have an allergic reaction to what they put in it .

    I have 2 white fillings on my 2 bottom molar teeth and have not had any problems but I don’t know if the fillings they put in a RC is the same as that or not. As I said before I had to pull my own 2 teeth myself because no dentist I went to would do it. Also I did not want to pay £1500 for a Root Canal and a crown as it would have been for each tooth, when I did not really want it, and it might not have worked if I had still had the toothache. As RC can fail and the teeth would have to have been taken out anyway.

    I will now have to get dentures because I have no biting teeth on my top right of my jaw. But I don’t want implants because it means having meta screws in your jaw and because my dentists say I have got bone reduction. I think my jaw is too sensitive for implants. So I want to get dentures, but one of my top teeth on the other side of my mouth a premolar on my top left is loose. But I am not sure what to do about it. Because if that has to come out I will have a gap in between my molar and other tooth. So I am hoping to save that tooth if the dentist can.

  12. Shannon Moses says:

    Thanks for this. I had a faulty routine filling put in. My current dentist told me my dentist beforehand (never going back to that one) didn’t clean out the decay well enough before she filled it so there was decay between my molar and the filling for six months. I couldn’t reach it with a tooth brush or floss and didn’t know until it reached rather close to my nerve. If my nerve ends up being too damaged then I will know it’s better to just get it extracted. It’s better than paying for a root canal that I’m not covered for (on disability and can’t work) and have it cause me more problems when I’m in my late 30’s. Kind of sucks because this is my other dentists’ fault and not mine- but I’m glad I found the right information and my new dentist did such a god job informing me of what happened.

  13. Patricia says:

    I have been ill with upper respiratory infections since February of this year [flu, pneumonia, flu again, pleurisy, what we thought was a sinus infection, then maybe a cold or another sinus infection, and now a confirmed (via a camera scope) throat infection, same spot I had a staph infection (not MRSA) at 18 months ago]. The ENT has me on Doxycycline (10 day dose) and Mupirocin. I am scheduled to get my root canal tooth extracted tomorrow. Both the ENT and holistic dentist do not seem concerned. Has anyone had a tooth extracted while being treated at the same time for another infection? I would think you would want your body in tip top shape before doing an extraction, but at the same time I am thinking I am sick possibly from this tooth. The day of surgery will be day 4 of 10 of the antibiotic and then the dentist has me on some homeopathic drops too.

  14. Gloria says:

    I was diagnosed with myalgic encephlomylitis (ME) with chronic fatigue and post exertional malaise. I progressed to having serious nutritional malabsorption. This started as fatigue and symptoms piled on over a few years. I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) that left me homebound to the point even taking a shower exhausted me for a day. I was treated with Xifaxan 4 times. I got my first wheelchair in Jan 2016. I got 2 neighboring root canals removed early this year when my dentist said that he no longer felt that root canals were safe and mine were quite old. He had come to the conclusion that many of his patients have autoimmune illnesses and sleep problems due to root canals. I have steadily improved in the last 6 months and no longer need my wheelchair. I have been able to resume many of my normal activities if I rest and anticipate returning to a normal life as I continue to heal. I was amazed! Frankly, I didn’t think there would be any difference at all but opted for the removal because of the age damage to the tooth.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Gloria, that is truly an amazing recovery story. It is so wonderful to hear stories like this that give many people hope. We need more dentists like yours to realize the damage root canals can cause and treat their patients accordingly. Thanks for sharing your story!!

    2. Julie says:

      That is so encouraging, thankyou! I had 3 root canals removed yesterday & 13 amalgam fillings removed earlier. I am hoping I will notice improvement in energy and autoimmune problems.

  15. KD says:

    Did a 3d CBCT scan turned out had a fractured root canal tooth on my first molar and had infected radicular cyst underneath it and abcess infection which extended up until my wisdom tooth..so had the root canal tooth extracted and a cyst removed.. unfortunately couldn’t do ozone as there wasn’t surgeon who would ozone treatment in my state.. the surgeon said we should keep it under observation for 3 to 6 months to monitor the healing process… as he said in some cases it could relapse and the remaining 2 molars would need root canal or in major cases it needs to be extracted…. but in my case he said there is 90% chance it won’t happen….
    1) i would like to ask are there natural and effective ways heal and my up my oral health and to cure dental abcess…ive heard that tea tree oil and colloidal silver are good but not so sure…
    2)any specific oral care routine i should follow?
    3)i would be needing braces and would like to avoid any dental implants because of my condition …can braces be used to pull the 2 back molars forward? so that i would’nt need implants?..but if not possible bonded bridge is my best option is it safe?
    would like to have your opinion…

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi KD, you have some very valid questions that would need to be addressed by a dentist. We recommend you follow up with a holistic dentist to help guide you. If you don’t have one in your area, perhaps you can find one that will be bale to work with you remotely via skype etc.

  16. Joseph says:

    I recently got 3 root-canaled teeth removed. When the dentist showed them to me after, I was appalled. How could I have let those decayed and infected things live in my mouth for so long? I had to have a sinus lift and bone graft put in. I had a great dentist do the work for me in Mexico. She even used ceramic implants which are more biocompatible.

    My question is that after the procedure, I have been getting night sweats and chills, waking up sweating. Is this normal? She said that this was my body was detoxing itself. I just want to make sure that this isn’t a result of new infection.

    Thanks!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Joseph, we can’t advise you about your specific, complex health problems as we are not practitioners, so that isn’t ethical, and of course we have no access to the complex interplay of factors that comprise your health history. Those symptoms can be from a detox reaction but of course, an infection is not out of the question. You would need to check with your dentist or health care professional for further evaluation. Best of luck and so glad that you were able to remove those decaying root canals.

    2. Stacey says:

      Hi random question i need my root canal pulled out! Is it the same as having a tooth taken and do all the screws and crap they put in with it come out or do they have to be screwed out separate after the tooth?

      1. Rose Butler GSG says:

        Hi Stacey, I would check with your dentist to explain the exact procedure to you. I hope you can find a holistic dentist in your area to take are of removing that root canal for you.

  17. Manoj Kumar says:

    I had a root canal about 10 years ago. They also created two gaps in the tooth for placing a dental cap. I did not use any dental cap though. What happened after that root canal was a disaster for my life. Suddenly I found people are going away from me for bad breath coming out of my mouth. For last 10 years I suffered loss of my confidence and honor as well as other health issues. Everything was due to the root canal tooth. So, I have the root canaled tooth removed recently. After that, I am now fine with no bad breath problems and also having a better health. So, guys, just remove those root canal teeth and do not do root canal anymore. It always fails.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Hello all. I had a failed root canal tooth extracted on August 7 2019; after five years of declining health and every symptom you can think of. After having the root canal done, I was sick for five years until I decided to have the tooth extracted last month… The procedure was utterly horrible, as the holistic dentist didn’t prescribe anything for the pain but two weeks later and I felt GREAT! I no longer had the crushing weight-of-the-world exhaustion I was used to having… that is until I took two days worth of antibiotics an infectious disease doctor prescribed for me. The dentist sent my extracted tooth to the lab to be tested for bacteria – I had a large amount of “serratia marescens” bacteria, the bacteria that causes meningitis – and was told I needed to be on some heavy antibiotics. The antibiotics made me feel horrible and I was told to stop them. This was two weeks ago and now I’m right back to feeling exhausted and sick again. I broke down today and I hope finding this post will help me; I just feel like I was certain this was what was making me sick and after it was removed, I felt like the old me!! To have that and now it’s gone again, well, I’m struggling keeping my hopes up… Anyone experience something similar? What should or can I do?! I wish you all the best of health and happiness! Thank you for reading this.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Stephanie, we are so sorry to hear about all you’ve been through. It can be so frustrating when you take one step forward and then take two steps back. However, we can help guide you! Robyn has written a great article on "What to Do After You’ve Taken Antibiotics." https://greensmoothiegirl.com/antibiotics/ You can start implementing her recommendations immediately. Also, I highly recommend listening to Robyn’s 12 Steps to Whole Foods FREE mini video masterclass. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps/accessnow/ where you can learn how to rehab your gut.

  19. michelle says:

    Thank you for confirming my concerns of having an infected root canal. I also have been suffering with a raging rash with blisters on my torso and back area…then a blister on my gums near the infected tooth.

    Dentists all tell you root canals are sure way to preserve your teeth, but that is a non truth.

    Now I am the victim of loosing two teeth due to a failed root canal that lasted less than four years. Yes it is depressing. and a lesson learned the hard way.

    When you really think about it…how can a dead tooth with no blood supply fight off infection…it can’t!

  20. Rita says:

    I don’t know if you remember me but I had a root canal done in October of 2018, and was having health issues. Last Wednesday, September 5, 2019 had old root canal tooth removed and bone graft had to be put in for my jaw not to sink. Anyway went to a biological dentist and had procedure done. I will say as far as I can tell the itching has stopped through out my body, I do feel a little more like my old self, I am sleeping longer at night. Now this is just since Wednesday and today is Sunday. I go back to the dentist on Wednesday to have a check-up and to get info on blood that was drawn while they were doing procedure. I am still taking Tylenol, on ice pack and 5 day antibiotics. My question us about bone grats and success rates and what to expect. Believe me I do not want to face any surprises. Hey give me some feedback back. Thanks

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Rita, we would recommend asking your dentist, preferably a holistic dentist, about the success rate of a bone graft and what to expect. Everyone is different and they would be the experts to answer your question based on your dental history.

  21. Leslie says:

    I’m in Denver.. who is your dentist? I have recurring stomach infections and had learned earlier root canals could be the root cause. I’m currently looking for a bio dentist.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Leslie, Robyn’s biologic/holistic dentist is Dr. Michelle Jorgensen, DDS, FAGD, TNC, CNAS here in Utah. http://www.totalcaredental.com. Here is a list of holistic dentists we have compiled. Hopefully, there is someone on there that fits your needs. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/healthymouth/getlist/

  22. Frank r says:

    Was wondering if anyone here had digestive issues after having a root canal done? A week after having a tooth done with 4 canals and being on antibiotics I had horrible digestive issues including ecoli and sibo

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Frank, we have many people writing in with gut issues after haven taken antibiotics after a root canal. Here is a great article written by Robyn on what to do after you have taken antibiotics. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/antibiotics/. Also, Robyn has 2 really great programs to detoxify and rebuild the gut. Here are two mini masterclasses to get you started. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/detoxsecrets/
      https://greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps/accessnow/

  23. Amy says:

    I have had progressively worse digestive issues since a root canal retreat 3 years ago. Were you tested for sibo? I suspect I have it after rounds of antibiotics for the tooth over the years.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Amy, here is a great article written by Robyn on what to do after you have taken antibiotics. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/antibiotics/. I hope the information can help guide you. Also, Robyn has 2 really great programs to detoxify and rebuild the gut. Here are two mini masterclasses to get you started. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/detoxsecrets/
      https://greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps/accessnow/

  24. Z.S. says:

    Where can I send my root canal molar to have them tested and what is the cost?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi, we would recommend asking your holistic dentist for the best solution for this. However, one of our followers gave this recommendation. Please do your own research though to make sure this is right for you.

      From our GSG follower: I have located the best solution (as of 15 April 2019) for extracted tooth testing, and any patient, doctor, or dentist may use this resource.
      The company is called DNA Connexions (located in Colorado), and there are two ordering options available: one, the patient may order a single kit, which is $400 and tests for 88 different aerobic and anaerobic bacteria; two, the dentist or doctor may order bulk kits (6, 12, 24, or 36), which likely knocks the cost of the test down considerably (of course it would be amazing if this savings could be passed down to the patient, but the practitioner would need to see what the testing demand is first – perhaps the demand will be higher if patients know that this test exists).
      If there is no kit on hand at the time of extraction, the tooth (or teeth) must be placed in a tube and stored in the freezer until a kit is procured, at which point you transfer the tooth into the kit as per the instructions from DNA Connexions.
      I have linked the website here below. There are several oral panels which may be ordered but the "extracted tooth sample" is the one you are after in the case of root-canaled teeth. If you click on that one, it will give you all of the information.
      I hope this information will be helpful to those who manage to stumble upon it.
      https://dnaconnexions.com/product/oral-panel-extracted-tooth-sample/

      I DO NOT recommend using the Oral Pathology Lab (out of New York), as their recommended protocol for placing the sample in alcohol is absolutely incorrect. Do not ever place a tissue sample in alcohol (I was right about it being counter-intuitive), as this will destroy much (if not all) of the bacteria you are aiming to test for." Hope this helps.

  25. Laura BC says:

    My Endodontist told me that I have a cracked tooth (#19) which is the source of my tooth pain when chewing. He told me that I needed a Root Canal and subsequently a crown over that tooth to ‘fix’ the problem. Prior to my visit, I had already watched the documentary "Root Cause" on Netflix (I was lucky to see it before the powers-that-be took it down). I’ve also done some of my own research regarding Root Canals, how they can fail and their connection to all types of medical problems. I have always been a ‘preventative’ medicine type of gal and would rather do things to promote my health and whenever possible avoid potentially harmful procedures. With all this said, I’ve decided to just have this tooth extracted but I’m not CLEAR on what to do after that!
    I know it’s not ideal to leave the space in my mouth – so what’s the better, healthier choice? — to get a Bridge or Implant done? Can an implant also have toxic bacteria implications?
    I’m in the process of trying to find a reputable Biological Dentist to get their ‘second opinion’ to what my Endodontist said. Any thoughts would be helpful 🙂
    As a side note, I have Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and have noticed that it’s gotten louder on the same side of my mouth where my cracked, inflamed tooth is. This is another reason that I don’t want to get a root canal — in fear of harmful bacterial causing more inflammation and maybe affecting my Tinnitus.
    Thanks GSG! Your website and information is just great!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Laura, I am so glad to hear you are well informed and are seeking a Biologic Dentist in your area to help guide you. I hope this Holistic Dentist Finder will prove to be helpful to you. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/healthymouth/getlist/

  26. Lisa Landy says:

    I am wondering if removing the root canals in a tooth are the same as just extracting that tooth.
    Thanks,
    Lisa

  27. Janine says:

    I had two root canal teeth removed at the end of September and ten amalgams (big ones) replaced with ceramic over the last several months as well. I have had a history of sinus, hypothyroidism and four years ago was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. My biological dentist believes all of these issues have been caused by my dental health. The root canal teeth were both infected around the roots according to the oral surgeon and one had been in my mouth for around six years and the other twenty? My question is how long after removal of the root canals and the amalgams will my body feel the benefits? I guess more accurately how long does it take to rid the body of those horrible toxins? I have turned my life upside down to heal from the cancer and have made so many positive changes. I think I should have addressed the dental earlier but there are so many areas of your health that you need to address when dealing with a cancer diagnosis that it’s not possible to address everything at one time. And I prefer natural to conventional (surgery wasn’t an option for the cancer and I said no to chemotherapy and radiation). I did do a targeted drug for a year and a half along with several natural treatments but after that have been utilizing natural treatments to deal with the cancer. My body definitely prefers them. With the detoxing I do ongoing for the cancer and now the detoxing from the dental toxins I’d love to hear more about when people noticed a real difference in how they felt. Thank you.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Janine, I am sorry to hear all you have gone through but it sounds like you are on the right path to recovery. I commend you for taking the natural route and allowing the body to heal though detox and nutrition and addressing issues like dental root canals etc. As you know, everyone’s recovery is different. The quicker the recovery will depend on one’s level of toxicity. Perhaps some of our followers can shed some light on how long it took for them to feel better after removing root canals. The cleaner your diet and incorporating exercise the quicker your body can recover. Perhaps incorporating Robyn’s 26 Day detox can help you along this path as well. https://greensmoothiegirl.com/detoxsecrets/

  28. Trisha Pender says:

    I have had a troublesome tooth for over a year now. It has been filled a couple of times but to no avail. Two weeks ago my dentist performed the first part of a route canal treatment. Then I got a massive abscess on my gum above the tooth. When I went back he obviously couldn’t work on it so he prescribed an antibiotic which I took and the abscess cleared up. I went back yesterday and had the nasty tooth extracted. However. I developed an itch while on the antibiotic. I actually thought it was a reaction to amoxicillin but I’ve never been sentitive to amoxicillin before. The itch was around my groin and bottom, under my arms, forearms and legs. No rash. The tooth is gone 24 hours now. No pain yet and fingers crossed, no dry socket.

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