Most people find that the most frequent problem with root canal treatment that is traditionally given is that the filler used, something called guttapercha, is a highly toxic rubber seals, which means that it does not react well with the natural moisture that is found in the mouth. Sometimes the seal can break at the very bottom of the canal, and this can allow infection to get in.

Thankfully there is another option called calcium hydroxide sealer, and it even has the excellent side effect of encouraging the growth of bone. It is much more biocompatible than the toxic rubber seal, and it’s even better because it swells when it reacts to moisture, making it an even better sealant.

Bee Sealer is the most popular sealant that is used, and it has a pH factor of 12.8 which is another great advantage. It doesn’t become solid for a few days, and it continues to keep the area sterilized for days after the root canal treatment has been given.

What Should You Do?

Root Canal Cross-section

Root Canal Cross-section


A biocompatible root canal procedure is not always the best choice for a patient, and so you should always take into consideration all of the different options that are available for you. Any individual with long term health problems may want to reconsider it as another option, but root canal treatments are brilliant for healthy individuals.

Any teeth that are extracted will almost certainly have to be replaced, and so you should consider whether a root canal is best for you because of how you want to replace the teeth. There are many options that your dentist can talk you through.

Root Canal Therapy At Brighton Dental

Anyone who lives in the San Diego area can have a consultation with Dr. Paige Woods to understand exactly how you can move forward, and whether a root canal treatment is the best choice for you and your mouth.

Biocompatible Root Canals

Patients often ask their dentists to help them understand exactly what root canals are, and what the difference is between biocompatible root canals as well. The trouble is that root canal treatment will be completely different depending on the individual and the different health of their teeth. In some cases, an extraction will be required, and in others it will not.

A holistic alternative for root-canal treatment

The two main questions that patients bring to their dentist are:

  1. Will a particular tooth need to be removed in order to have root canal treatment, and what sort of consequences will this bring?
  2. Is root canal treatment safe, and what dangers are there with this treatment plan?

Most dentists within the holistic community believe that removing root canals is the best treatment option for their patients, the individual patient should always be talked through the various different treatment options that are available to them so that they can make their own decision.

Any patient should always talk to their dentist about exactly what any sort of treatment will include, so that they can make an informed decision. After all, it is your body, and no one else will have to live with your health decisions.

A brilliant article that you can read about root canal treatment called ‘Root-canal Treatment – Exposed’ that will be able to explain the holistic controversy that has gone on around root canal treatments. You can also read the book called ‘Root Canal Cover-Up Exposed’ by Dr. Weston Price and Dr. George Meining.

In some situations, a patient may decide to have their teeth removed without really understanding all of the different consequences of such a choice. That means that the patient will recognise that they have made such a mistake, and will never make such a mistake again. Unfortunately, you will have to go through this sort of problem in order to prevent it happening from a second time.

Many dentists will not consider it important to talk to their patients about the different and sometimes upsetting consequences of having a tooth removed, especially when it comes to mental discomfort and the problems with balance. You should never feel under pressure to accept one particular type of treatment from the dentist that you are talking with, because you should feel totally free to say no to anything that they suggest. They are there to advise you, not to upset you.

Holistic dentists Dr. Price and Dr. Meining have explored in their popular book just how many problems there can be with a treatment option such as root canal treatment, and these controversies are accepted by many of the individual’s dentists within the holistic world of dentistry. The trouble is that many patients do not have access to this sort of information. Twenty-five years’ worth of research and practical experience led the two to write their book to expose the dreadful lack of knowledge that so many people have about root canal treatment, including information about root canal treatment infection.

Root Canal Process

Root Canal Process

At the time that they were studying this, focal infections were phenomena that was concerning dentists from all walks of life and from all over the world. Put simply, a focal infection is one when part of the body has become infected with bacteria, and then that bacteria moves around the body to infect another part of the body. This means that some very serious infections can occur without the individual knowing about it, especially as they will not have remembered injuring that part of their body. This was particularly concerning to dentists because many of them believed that something seemingly as small and insignificant as gum disease could actually spread around the body – and not knowing what type of infection it was could also slow down treatment.

Dr. Weston Price demonstrated scientifically that an infection that began in a tooth could travel to the kidneys, and this research led others that found that 95% of focal infections that moved around the body all originated in the teeth and tonsils, and had travelled through the lymphatic system. This spread of bacteria could continue even after a successful root canal treatment was performed if the sealant was not properly done, and the real problem was that the original location of bacteria could afterwards be treated, and be considered completely healthy.

When a dentist looks at a tooth, they can see a hollow space in the root of the tooth called the nerve canal. There will often be little branches going off within the tooth, and bacteria can live in all of those little offshoots. During a root canal treatment, all of the bacteria is removed from the tooth, and the canal will need to be completely sterilized and then filled with other dental material so that the bacteria does not have anywhere to live.

This was the traditional method, and although it worked in the main, further research has discovered that root canals themselves are actually much more complicated than was previously realised. Those little branches never actually disappear, but get smaller and smaller and go throughout the whole tooth. That means that some of the bacteria could remain as it is difficult for dentists to operate at those dimensions.

How can we explain all this and what are the implications?

As soon as problems within the root canal are diagnosed, root canal treatment should be performed as this lowers the amount of time that the bacteria have to spread. As the nerves develop from inflamed to infected, this could become too late to prevent the bacteria from moving to other parts of the body.  Strangely, although almost all dentists will have the chemical calcium hydroxide within their reach, and despite the fact that it can kill even very resistant bacteria, they do not often use it to fight infection in root canal treatment.

What are the reasons that may make root canal treatment necessary?

If you are going to have a tooth removed because of root canal problems, you should always get it replaced because there are many problems that can develop if you do not. These include gum problems, issues with your bite, and complications with chewing and talking naturally. You may even develop problems with your jawbone. Of course, in small cases no problems may occur, but this is unlikely. So what different options do you have when it comes to replacing a missing tooth?

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

One option is partial dentures which ‘clip in’ to the other surrounding teeth for stability. Few people will actually decide to do this, of course, because they are not very nice to look at, and can be very unhygienic if they are not looked after properly. An alternative would be a dental implant, which is a false tooth that is implanted into the gap that has been left behind, or a dental bridge which is the same as a dental implant but it has extra caps for the teeth either side of it to keep it structurally strong.

The downsides of implants are that they can be very expensive, and actually involve a surgical procedure that can leave a long healing time. Although many patients will react well to them, there will often be individuals that are able to or unwilling to have a mental plug in their jawbone.

What if your teeth are not so strong?

Always make sure that you know of a good and respectable dentist that you trust in your local area, so that you can call on them during times of need.

What can people do to respect the concerns expressed by Dr. Price and Dr.Meinig when treating broken teeth?

Calcium hydroxide is the best chemical that can be used during a root canal treatment, and you should always request that it be used by your dentist. By informing yourself, you can ensure that you receive the treatment that you deserve.

It was thanks to Dr. Price and the research that he undertook that modern dentists are now aware of the brilliant properties that calcium hydroxide can offer dentists and their patients. For example, he was able to prove that when using calcium hydroxide during root canal treatments, the teeth that were involved in the treatment were kept at a pH of around 10 for at least 120 days, which is the perfect pH level for teeth. Keeping your mouth at the right pH level will not only help the healing process, but will also make it much more difficult for bacteria to grow there.

As well as helping to clean the area of the tooth, calcium hydroxide can also stimulate bone repair and reduce the amount of inflammation that is present around the affected tooth. Killing bacteria may be the main reason that dentists are aware of it, but it has many other excellent and very useful properties too. By using this chemical systemically for root canal treatment, dentists will enable their patients to have a much healthier recovery time, and enjoy their teeth again much quicker than if they had had the treatment without calcium hydroxide.

There are other options out there within the dentistry world, but none so far have matched the incredible natural properties that calcium hydroxide has to offer. Research continues in this area, but at the moment there are no clear winners that are in any way likely to overtake the use of calcium hydroxide.

We would always advise that calcium hydroxide is used within root canal treatments by our dentists, and we therefore would highly recommend that you ask the same of your dentist. Make sure that Biocalex treatment is not offered in lieu, as they are not the same.

To find out if a biocompatible root canal, or root canal alternatives are right for you, call Dr. Paige Woods, DDS at (619) 640-5100.

San Diego Dental Staff