Root Canal Alternatives
Holistic Root Canal Alternatives
Did you know that your teeth are not all enamel? Although the enamel is the only visible part of the tooth, teeth consist of many tissue layers that give them shape and the ability to perform daily functions. Underneath the enamel (the white, hard, protective surface of the teeth) are the:
- Dentin, calcified tissue that reinforces the structure of the tooth
- Pulp Chamber, which houses nerve endings and blood vessels
Unfortunately, the tooth’s innermost layer (pulp) can become decayed, inflamed, or infected for many reasons. When this happens, many conventional dentists turn to root canal therapy in an attempt to repair teeth, as a last resort before extraction.
Conventional Root Canal Procedure
Conventional root canal treatment aims to preserve the natural tooth by removing pulp and sterilizing in the tooth’s inner chamber. Once the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber is filled and resealed to restore durability, strength, and to keep the tooth from breaking. Once the pulp chamber is resealed, a crown restores the tooth’s structure and comfortable function.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some bad bacteria to remain in the tooth after root canal therapy, though many patients are asymptomatic afterward. Because dentin is made up of small tubules, it is virtually impossible to disinfect the area completely. For this reason, root canals pose a potential risk for future problems.
The Delayed Dangers of a Root Canal
Sadly, the central deficit of root canals is that they ignore the underlying culprit of extensive decay: bacteria. When harmful oral bacteria take residence in the body, the remnants of infection easily enter the bloodstream and evoke systemic health problems. These symptoms of a failed root canal may take years to appear.
On top of partially addressing the problems that an infected tooth can cause, root canals can lead to possible complications, such as:
- Inflammation: Root canaled teeth become a hideaway for harmful bacteria to live and multiply. They can then spread to other parts of the mouth and body, causing a systemic inflammatory response. As a result, individuals may suffer from chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin problems, asthma, and more.
- Overactive immune response: Conventional dentists cannot clear out all of the dead tissue during a root canal, and the immune system does not care for necrotic tissue. Accessory canals create a haven for bacteria that feed on dead dental tissue,which supports bacterial reproduction and onset of disease.
- Re-infection: Although some dentists suggest that root canals preserve the tooth for years, the truth is that the tooth can be re-infected at any moment. If the infection is not addressed as soon as possible, it will damage the tooth beyond repair. Should the infection worsen, it not only destroys the tooth but can cause reinfection in the jaw bone, which is more damaging.
- Loss of jaw bone tissue: An infected root canal can result in infection of the jaw bone. This can lead to dental cavitation and bone loss in the jaw. These unresolved infections in the jaw can influence the development of more dental issues, as well as further systemic health issues.
Holistic Alternatives to Standard Root Canal Treatment
Our dental team commits to helping patients resolve extensively damaged, infected, or decayed teeth with methods that work beyond managing pain or compromising whole-body health.
In many cases, this may mean that the patient needs one or several dental extractions. Our team follows a unique protocol to disinfect the extraction site, which prevents future cavitation infections. This process involves ozone therapy, regenerative medicine that uses PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin), and supplemental protocols to both heal and strengthen the jawbone.
For Previously Root-Canaled Teeth
If you already have a root-canaled tooth, it’s important to remember that a lack of pain doesn’t mean that there isn’t damage being done. If our doctors determine that previously root-canaled teeth aren’t 100% healthy, we may recommend extraction and replacement with zirconium, non-metal, ceramic implants.
For Infected Teeth
In cases of badly decayed or infected teeth, a holistic dentist will likely recommend the removal of the chronically infected teeth, for long-term relief. Extraction is an optimal way to remove the necrotic tissue that can lead to further infection down the road.
After pulling a tooth, your dentist may recommend replacing it with a prosthetic tooth created from material that works harmoniously with the body, such as zirconia dental implants and a metal-free crown, bridge, or denture.
What Makes Us Different
In most medical branches, it’s normal to remove dead tissue or an organ from the body once it dies. Oddly, conventional dentists are willing to leave dead tissue and organs in the body via root canals. From a logical standpoint and systemic health point of view, the holistic method of removing and replacing a dead tooth makes the most sense.
At the Holistic Dental Center of New Jersey, we do not promote or oppose root canals. We do, however, always provide long-term solutions based on the underlying cause of a problem, utilizing non-toxic solutions and applying practical knowledge based on proven modern and integrative medicine. In other words, we deliver patient-centered care, not disease-centered care.
We also emphasize post-operative health and healing through patient education, PRF, and IV Therapy.
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Learn more about safe, non-toxic treatment for extensive damage and decay by calling 973-379-9080 or requesting your appointment online.