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What Happened When My Root-Canal Teeth Were Pulled


Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Aug 23, 2018 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links


When I had my 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 just got my results back from the lab in Colorado.

Weighing a Root Canal VS Extraction

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My Root Canal Failed

My holistic dentist had 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, and 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 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.

All Root Canals Fail Years Later

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.

Signs of Root Canal Infection

Signs of Root Canal Infection | What Happened When My Root-Canal Teeth Were Pulled | Root Canal vs Extraction

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!)

Failed Root Canal Symptoms

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.

What Happens to the Root Canaled Tooth?

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 with a root canal and leave it there—we are truly fossilizing a dead organism in our living mouth. And we think this won’t cause problems!

Bacteria Found in the Samples

Bacteria Found in the Samples | What Happened When My Root-Canal Teeth Were Pulled | Root Canal vs Extraction

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:

Different Bacteria in the Body

I’m not panicking about this. 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 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.

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!

Shudder.

After the Root Canal Tooth Extraction

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

The dentist 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!

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

 

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

324 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

  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!!

  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!!

  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.

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