Root Canal alternatives

Alternatives to Root Canal


Utter the words “root canal” and you’re sure to elicit groans from everyone who hears you. Root canals are probably one of the most dreaded dental procedures, but at La Jolla Center for Holistic Dentistry, we have an alternative to root canal procedures! First, besides the fact that they hurt, why are root canals so bad, and why is it so important to find an alternative to root canal procedures?

Typically, root canal therapy is a procedure performed to treat an infected tooth by removing infected material and bacteria from the canal, and closing up the canal by inserting a "filling material" into the empty space. The intent is to prevent the reentry of bacteria into the tooth. However, the shape of the canal within a tooth makes it virtually impossible to remove every bit of bacteria from the area effectively. It is also very difficult to fill the canal completely. This traditional form of treatment sets you up for an ineffective restoration. When the canal is only partially cleaned and filled, bacteria can actually hide and grow within the treated tooth. 

Teeth treated with standard root canal therapy provide an area where bacteria and microbes can hide - and thrive. When the canal is filled, healthy, nourishing blood flow is stopped, prohibiting your immune system from naturally eliminating the bacteria and microbes that remain within the canal. These toxins are proven to pass into the bloodstream and have been associated with numerous diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, and diseases of the brain and the nervous system. Toxins can also combine with chemicals or heavy metals from other dental work, such as mercury, and then they form neurotoxins that are even more potent and can destroy the important enzymes within the body. So what’s our alternative to root canal procedures?

At La Jolla Center for holistic Dentistry, we take great care to provide natural alternatives to root canal surgery. By using minimally invasive natural dental techniques including ozone therapy and cytokine therapy for treating teeth with deep cavities, we have found that the need for root canals drop dramatically. However, early detection and treatment is the key. Seeking ozone therapy at the earliest stage of infection gives the highest success. Other alternatives to root canal treatment include simply removing the tooth altogether, after all, why would you want to save an infected tooth anyway?

For more information on natural dental care, such as our alternatives to root canal procedures, call the leading holistic dentist in San Diego, Dr. Chen, at (858) 459-5445

Root Canal Infection


Every year, dentists perform more than 25 million root canal procedures in our country. Deemed a necessary form of treatment for teeth that have sustained significant damage, root canal therapy removes infection by removing the pulp from the inner part of a tooth. 

Essentially, a treated tooth is "dead" because there is no blood or nutrients delivered via the natural root system. 

Teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy have the potential to become incubators for many types of incredibly harmful bacteria that thrive in the absence of oxygen. Under certain conditions, these bacteria can find their way into the bloodstream, and may begin disease processes that do not manifest symptoms for years, even decades. The role of treated teeth in systemic disease is difficult to trace due to the fact that these teeth can look fine for years. 

Natural dentists often find themselves extracting teeth treated with root canal therapy and finding evidence of infection in some area of the "filled" root. Why does this occur? It is quite simple. During root canal therapy, the canal is very rarely fully sterilized, or fully filled. Even if the filling were completed adequately, it has been found that the material used to fill teeth treated with root canal therapy breaks down after a time, creating openings where anaerobic bacteria can invade. With the lack of blood flow to the area, infection can thrive. 

An infected root canal is tricky. This condition may or may not present signs, such as discomfort or swelling. The long-term effects of keeping a treated infected tooth may take years to develop, giving bacteria ample time to move systemically, creating multiple health conditions that require ongoing treatment.

As your holistic dentist, Dr. Chen has multiple ways to promote both oral and systemic health. Her extensive background in dentistry and alternative medicine, including precise ozone and UBI therapies, can help you achieve and maintain your best health, even in the event of an infected root canal. Should you experience problems after root canal therapy, contact us and we will help you discover the most appropriate solution for sustained health. Dr. Chen also has alternatives to root canal therapy, which are especially useful as early treatment after the detection of cavities. 

Contact the La Jolla Center for Holistic Dentistry today.