There are many different dental procedures, but it seems that root canal is one of the most popular ones. Almost every adult person has gone through this procedure. However, does this make root canal something that we should take for granted? One dentist focused on this question and found an answer.
Dr. Robert Kulacz worked as an associate for 6 years before starting his own dental practice in New York in 1992. Of course, just like almost all other dentists, he conducted the typical dental procedures, including root canals.
He did dozens of root canals before he heard an interesting story from his patient. Namely, one of his patients said he heard a doctor claiming root canals might be associated with different diseases.
Of course, Dr. Kulacz was shocked and rejected these claims as ridiculous. However, the patient gave him website addresses from different organizations including IAOMT – the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Obviously, Dr. Kulacz opened these websites and read about this intriguing topic because he wanted to tell the patient that he is completely wrong and that the American Dental Association knows what they are doing.
But, he discovered something unexpected. He read the articles and research papers of famous doctors and dentists like Weston Price and even went to an IAOMT conference. He listened to Dr. Boyd Haley theory about the toxicity of root canals and he changed his mind, he stopped performing root canals.
Informed Consent about the Root Canal Procedure: Why Is It Important?
So, Dr. Robert Kulacz decided to stop doing root canals back in 1995. It’s interesting that he is not in favor of banning this procedure, but he points out that informed consent is important.
According to the ADA (American Dental Association), a root canal is a completely safe procedure that has nothing to do with systematic diseases. But, Dr. Kulacz and other doctors and dentists say that this claim is incorrect.
He claims that if patients know that the root canal teeth will remain infected, bacteria can reach other parts of the body, and that those thriving in root canal teeth and bones close to teeth secrete strong toxins, they will be able to make a sound decision.
There are a huge number of dentists who are convinced that they are able to sterilize this area and that irrigation and instrumenting the root canal can destroy the bacteria completely, but this is not true.
Dangers of Root Canal
According to many dentists, including Dr. Kulacz, a biopsy on almost any root canal tooth will show that there are necrotic debris leftovers in the canal. This means that the tooth is not completely clean. The situation is even worse in the surrounding bone.
On the other hand, the ADA claims that the bacteria left after root canal procedure is trapped in the tooth, but even this claim is not true. The filling material that is used to entomb the canal which is known as gutta-percha, cannot reach the small lateral canals that come from the main canal. This means that it is possible and very likely that the tooth will witness leakage.
Even in cases of ideally sealed root canals, they can’t keep the tiny molecule exotoxins created by the trapped bacteria from going out and reaching different parts of the body.
Most of the tooth structure is based on dentinal tubules. They represent hollow structures that go out of the main canal. In case we are able to stretch these tubules we will create a line that is three miles long.
However, they are still a suitable place for bacteria that can’t be sterilized or removed. The tooth is porous and acts as a sponge for bacteria.
Dr. Kulacz says that in case people had a solid structure of teeth, similar to metal, dentists could clean the main canal easily and seal it ideally if there were no tributaries either. But, that’s not the case. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that you can expect an infection and disease from every root canal tooth. This is something that is closely related to the specific type of bacteria that dwells there, the toxins they release and the state of the immune system.
However, there are up to 30 million root canals completed every year and if we multiply this number with the life expectancy, we can say that there are a huge number of root canals that are causing problems!
Root Canals Contain Bacteria that Have the Potential to Make Other Diseases Much Worse
Root canal teeth are dealing with chronic infections, which is why they are able to worsen a myriad of health issues like heart disease for example. As we said before, ADA claims that bacteria that come from root canal teeth cannot reach other body parts, but many doctors and dentists are rejecting these claims.
For instance, heart disease comes as a result of the damage to the internal lining of the blood vessel. This leads to increased cholesterol levels. So, the main reason for the emergence of heart disease is this damage and the coming of cholesterol and macrophages in the artery.
Furthermore, the inflammation leads to rupture of plaque in the lumen and inside the blood vessel which leads to a blood clot and eventually to a heart attack. A scientific study conducted four years ago focused on the comparison between arterial plaque in heart attack patients and their bacterial DNA in blood clots and the bacteria’s DNA in the oral cavity.
It turned out that the bacteria in the root canal teeth and in cases of gum disease is same as the plaques in blood clots and coronary arteries.
This means that bacteria travel from the oral cavity to other body parts including arterial plaques. What’s even worse is that the same bacteria were found in the fluid that is circulation around the heart.
The appearance of these oral bacteria that originates from root canal teeth in blood clots and arterial plaque of people dealing with heart attacks is strong evidence that there is a connection between cardiovascular issues and oral infection.