Challenges of Successful Therapy

Pulpal Complex of a ToothKilling virulent germs in inaccessible places is a cornerstone of successful dentistry. Convoluted nerve (pulp) canals and microscopic tubules have made that task impossible until the advent of ozone gas, still rarely used.

Tubules are the highway through which nutrient-rich fluids pass from the central pulp to outer tooth surfaces to keep teeth vital and strong.

Nerve Canal of a Tooth
Unfortunately, tubules can be riddled with bacteria and other microbes along with their toxins. Single-rooted front teeth have at least three miles of microscopic tubules to sterilize.

Bacteria do not enter tubules solely through decaying teeth. Sugar ingestion reverses tubule fluid flow, drawing acids and? germs into the tooth, particularly the germs involved in gum disease. After root canal therapy, neither antibiotics, nor the immune system’s white blood cells can reach tubules.

Rendering teeth sterile is a critical objective of root canals. It would be the only way to keep a dead structure within a live body without medically challenging the host.

Ozone Gas Therapy

Dentinal TubulesSome dentists feel that if a client insists on saving a tooth at all costs, even if it means undergoing a root canal, ozone gas therapy is essential for initially sterilizing the multiple or braided canals, illustrated above. The gas can permeate the tubules, the ligament surrounding the root, and the septic area beyond the root tip. As it does so, it also neutralizes their toxins and can kill even spirochetesbecause it is so fast-acting. Spriochetes like those responsible for Lyme disease and syphilus are troublesome in that they can morph into a miniscule form the immune system can’t “see” when faced with antibiotics. They switch back to their drill-like shape when the immune system is down and begin to cause trouble again. One major spirochete implicated in gum disease, is also associated with severely infected tooth pulps and has been found in the spleen, heart, and brains of those with root canal infections.

But is ozone therapy enough?



Though a root canal treated tooth is ideally sealed at both ends, nothing seals? the tubules or accessory canals; microbes and their toxins can seep into and out of teeth. Bacteria incubate within the tooth; their waste products build. The toxins are often more virulent than the microorganisms themselves. Both can escape to cause serious health threats to the host. In this way, one can think of a dead tooth as a toxic sponge.

Additionally, typical root canal filling material (gutta percha) shrinks more than 20% as it cools and sets. As the wax tries to return to its pre-compression shape (before it was compressed into the canal) and pulls away from the canal’s walls, it leaves ample space for microbial invasion and housekeeping.

Other potential problems:

  • Tiny, fragile files are used to clear debris from a canal. Sometimes a tip breaks off and is left within the canal.
  • A tooth’s convoluted nerve does not always exit through the tooth’s tip.
  • Often, especially with older root canals, both ends are sealed with mercury/silver filling material. If this material plugs the root tip, the mercury has direct contact with tissue fluids.
  • Putrefying tissue is commonly left in accessory canals. The toxins are known to inactivate many enzymes that run a body’s cellular activity,* inactivate portions of the immune system, unbalance hormone levels, and likely contribute to autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Post-operative antibiotics do not inactivate bacterial toxins present within the tooth or its enveloping ligament. These toxins are pumped into the lymph system upon chewing. These antibiotics do kill off good bacteria residing in the mouth, however!

* Dr. Boyd Haley’s research shows miniscule concentrations of toxins removed from root canal treated teeth can completely inactivate the most important enzymes in the body. These are: creatine kinase, pyruvate kinase, posphoglycerate kinase, adenylat kinase, and acidified fibroblast growth factor. Dr. Haley is Professor Emeritus and was Chairman of the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.

Much of the information presented is based on the work of doctors Weston Price, George Meinig, and Hal Huggins.


Considerations When Extracting a Septic Tooth

Considerations When Extracting a Septic Tooth


Dentistry is the only health profession that keeps dead tissue within the body. – Dr. Hal Huggins

Jawbone CavitationI would add: dentistry is the only health profession that rarely acknowledges the existence of bone cavitations. Cavitations are dead areas of bone. Cavitations can form in the jawbone when extraction procedures for removing the diseased bone and periodontal ligament are not followed. When a ligament is left behind, the body does not recognize a tooth was extracted. This arrests bone healing. Often bone heals only over the top of the socket, leaving a hole in the bone, a hole that teams with pathogenic germs and their toxins.


Discover more critical details about cavitations and ozone therapy in my two books:

Mouth Matters: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body (2014)

Primal Dentistry: Less is MORE (2018)

and the video series Functional Medicine From. a Dental Perspective

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