Holistic Dentistry Articles

Inflammation May Cause Failure in Extractions, Root Canals and Implants: A Case Study

Have you put off doing the dental work you need because you are afraid it might fail?  You may have had the right idea!  Have you heard that all root canals are bad for you?  Or that a titanium implant blocks the meridian flow, or can corrode because of the acids in your mouth?  Or that extractions are bad for you because they might lead to cavitations or dry sockets?  In fact, all the above are possible.  If you are immune compromised in any way, pay attention, because what you are going to learn here can make a difference between success and failure when it comes to dental surgery of any kind, whether it be root canals, implants, extractions or even gum procedures like deep cleanings.

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Root Canal vs Extraction: Are Root Canals Toxic to My Body? A Review of Weston Price’s Research 100 years later

Did Dr. Price have it right when he put out his research on infected root canals and the focal infection theory nearly 100 years ago?  Over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing the seminal work on root canals and how they affect systemic health.  I’m often asked by my patients whether it’s better to get a root canal vs an extraction.  I will be attempting to answer this question by taking a deep dive into the research.  However, I will not just be looking at one side of the issue.  I will be looking at it from all angles and summarizing what opposing sides have to say about this hotly contested subject within dentistry vs alternative health world.  Needless to say, opinions vary wildly from one extreme to the other.

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Should I Treat My Root Canal Infection or Extract my Tooth?

No one wants to lose a tooth.  This is very natural and normal.  Thanks to the advent of Photon Induced Photoacoustic streaming (PIPS), a technology licensed to Fotona utilizing the Er:Yag laser, we can now eliminate bacteria in root canal teeth.  This is the good news, and a game changer in root canal therapy.

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How to Resolve a Root Canal Infection – A Pardigm Shift

A lot of patients come to me seeking help in trying to resolve root canal infections.  The problem is that the basic protocol for treating root canals hasn’t changed in the last 30 years, ever since I got out of dental school.  There have been improvements and tweaks, but we are still using the same basic approach, strategies and tools.

What’s the problem in doing root canals?

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How I Became a Holistic and Biological Dentist

Sitting in a hospital for an hour squirming while waiting for a doctor to see you can be a humbling experience. What began to sink in was the realization that if I didn’t change something and do it quickly, I was most likely not going to see my 50th birthday.  I knew instinctively that a heart attack was in my future.

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Can Root Canal Infection Be Prevented?

Do all teeth that need crowns automatically need root canals?

Absolutely not.  Truth be told, in my experience very few teeth that need crowns (or caps) also need root canals.  In fact I can count on one hand the times that I remember this happening.  The reason for this are two fold.

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Infected Root Canals and What To Do About Them

My book on root canal infections that are hidden and not being seen by your dentist is coming out in 2018. It delves into this issue of infected root canals, how they come about and what to do about them. The reason I’m writing this book is that I’ve seen evidence in my practice that a sizable percentage of previously done root canals are actually still infected or have become reinfected over time. I will be presenting evidence of this over the coming months, but suffice it to say the percentage of undiagnosed infections due to root canals is alarmingly high. It is enough of a problem that I find myself having to speak up and start to document it with current cases.

Wait a Minute! Isn’t a Root Canal Supposed to Cure My Infected Tooth?

Yes, at least that is what you are told by your well-meaning dentist. What you are not told is that the tooth you are saving by doing a root canal no longer has a blood supply or nerve.

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What is Holistic Dentistry and What Makes It Different?

Holistic dentistry and biological dentistry refer to two different aspects of integrative dental care. Generally speaking the term ‘holistic’ refers to the fact that the body is one whole or holistic system.  Common sense dictates that the mouth, the primary pathway...

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What Causes Root Canal Infections and Failure?

What causes existing root canals to become infected and fail?  In the photo to the right you can see a common presentation of an infected tooth.  In this case, an old root canal that has failed is draining pus and infection from the tooth.  As the picture shows, the...

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Seasonal Stress, Dental Health and Jaw Pain – Part 2

In our last blog we discussed the importance of pH and how stress, especially at this time of year, can impact a healthy mouth.  Another area where stress can affect the mouth is with clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism that can cause pain in your jaws and...

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